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Produce Facts: Raspberries

Aug 18, 2016

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fresh raspberries Raspberries are a type of fruit known as an aggregate fruit and have individual druplets that are held together by very fine, nearly invisible hairs. Raspberries have a hollow core and are small, roughly oval, plump and vary in flavor from sweet-tart to low acid depending on growing region and coloring.  

One way to distinguish black raspberries from blackberries is that when you pick a raspberry, a hollow core remains, whereas when you pick a blackberry, the core is still intact.

Raspberries have been crossed with other berries to form new species - there are over 200 different known species of raspberries:The loganberry is a cross between raspberries and blackberries; the boysenberry is a cross between red raspberries, blackberries and loganberries; the nessberry is a cross between a dewberry, raspberry, and blackberry; and other crosses include laxtonberries, veitchberries, and mahdiberries.

Raspberries are a wonderful source of vitamin C, containing 40% of a person’s daily needs. Get more nutritional data here.

July 31st is National Raspberry Cake Day.

Important Facts

  • Unlike many fruits, unripe raspberries do not ripen after they have been picked.

  • Choose dry, plump, firm raspberries.

  • Avoid wet or moldy berries.

  • Do no wash berries until ready to eat.

  • Refrigerate for use within 1-2 days. 

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