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Raspberries: Benefits, nutrition, and tips

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With their fruity and pleasantly sweet taste, raspberries are a delicious component of numerous desserts, ice creams and cakes. But they still taste best fresh from the bush!

Raspberries grow on bushes up to 2 meters high with very prickly rods. The fruits are actually bright red in color. Due to various breeds, yellow (= Golden Queen) and black raspberries (= Black Jewel) are now available in stores.

The berries of the cultivated species are about two centimeters thick, while the wild raspberries are only about half as big. They often grow in forests by the wayside.

Info: Officially, raspberries are actually not berries, but belong to the family of collective stone fruits.

Origin

Raspberries
Raspberries

The raspberry was first grown in Central and Northern Europe and North America. Presumably it has been known since the Neolithic.

The largest producer today is Russia. Other important growing regions are the USA, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Canada and Great Britain.

Season

Cultivated garden raspberries available almost all year round:

  • Austrian raspberries can be bought from July to November.
  • Spanish raspberries are added to the range in June and July.
  • From December to February the few available raspberries come from South America.
  • From March to May, raspberries are hardly available in this country.

Taste

Ripe raspberries inspire with their strong aroma. The sweet taste is combined with a slight acidity, so that the sweetness does not come to the fore.

Use in the kitchen

Raspberries that are bought in stores are basically ready to eat. All you have to do is wash. To do this, they are simply showered off or rinsed under slowly running water. The fruits cannot tolerate too much pressure.

Self-picked fruits often have to be stripped of the stems before they can be washed and processed.

Raspberries taste especially good when they are freshly picked.

Of course, they can also be used in numerous dishes, for example:

  • fruity sorbets
  • Ice cream
  • Raspberry pudding
  • cake
  • Pies
  • Jams
  • Salads
  • Sauces
  • etc.

Storage / shelf life

Raspberries are very sensitive to pressure (therefore they have to be picked by hand) and should therefore be stored carefully.

Storage is only possible in the refrigerator at low temperatures and even then the delicate berries only last 2-3 days before they become mushy.

Tip: Raspberries should only be washed shortly before consumption; otherwise they will quickly become mushy!

If you want to keep them longer, the raspberries should be frozen. For this they are laid out next to each other on a baking sheet and frozen in this way. They can then be packed in foil or cans – so they can be kept for 6-8 months in the Tife refrigerator compartment.

Nutritional value / active ingredients

  • 100 g raspberries contain 33 kilocalories, 80 g water, 11.6 g carbohydrates, 6.8 g fiber, 0.9 g protein and 0.5 g fat.
  • The most important ingredients are calcium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. Raspberries in juice form can have an antipyretic effect.
  • The fruits help with natural detoxification by supporting the liver in breaking down harmful substances and pathogens.
  • Raspberries have a sweaty and dehydrating effect.
  • The raspberry leaves can help with diarrhea, stimulate digestion and purify the blood.
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