And raspberries to you too! We know you made that rude noise associated with our name as you waited to make contact with our site - everybody does. Did you know it was actually the strawberries that started that off. They were so jealous of us because we were given the name ‘King of the Berries’ that they started to make that rude noise whenever our backs were turned - and so it became known as a raspberry. It’s not fair is it? Anyway, now that you’re here, let me tell you why we’ve been given the ‘royal’ title.
It’s true that we are berries like strawberries and blackberries, but we have distinctive characteristics of our own. We’re about 1.5-2cm long, cylinder-shaped, with deep red colouring and a sweet flavour. We have cousins in North America which are black or yellow in colour, but in the main we’re ruby red. We actually consist of a collection of tiny fruits, each with its own seed covered in red skin and flesh, which form a helmet-shaped cluster around a small stem. When harvested the cluster comes away from the stem leaving a hollow in the centre.
Did you know?
Why Raspberries Are Good To Eat
How They are Grown and Harvested
It’s a perennial plant with roots that can live for up to 10 years. During the first year of growth a cane will produce no fruit. In its second year it will flower, produce berries, then die off before producing new canes. It needs a cool climate with little rain to produce quality berries. It can grow in most soil types providing the ground is not too wet but it does need to be sheltered from the wind. We’re picked by hand when ripe.
How to Keep Raspberries
Prime Growing Areas
History of Raspberries
Raspberries were cultivated in England in the mid 16th century but, as in many other countries, people still like to harvest wild berries. The development of new varieties started in the USA in the early 19th century and is still continuing today.
Raspberries continue to be a very marketable product in Australia, and the consumption of raspberries is steadily growing with over 82 tonnes sold in 1996.
Fun Ways to Eat and Cook Raspberries
Eat us fresh or add us to breakfast cereals, ice cream, fruit salad, drinks, puddings, jelly, sherbets or puree us to make a delicious raspberry sauce. Besides eating us on our own try a couple of these interesting combinations.
Fresh Raspberry and Chocolate Tarts
Raspberry and Choc Chip Sundae
Raspberries in Lace Baskets
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