Raspberries

Raspberries

Reddish-pink and extremely juicy, the raspberry has been around since prehistoric times. While wild raspberries are thought to have originated in eastern Asia, there are varieties that are native to the Western Hemisphere, most likely as a result of seeds being transported by travelers and animals.

The raspberry is considered a bramble fruit and is a member of the rose family. It has an aggregate or composite structure, like the blackberry, and is made of multiple “drupelets,” or seed-containing fruits, nestled around a hollow center. Raspberries are usually planted in fields or forest clearings and the plant is very hardy, having a tendency to overgrow unless pruned. Fruit is ripe and ready for picking when it falls easily from the stem. Raspberries can be enjoyed raw or cooked in pies, jams, and sauces. The leaves are brewed in teas.

In Season

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Recipes with Raspberries

Raspberry Ricotta Pancakes with Summer Fruit Compotes

Stephanie Rosenbaum, World of Doughnuts

Double Berry Shortcake with Honey Cream

Stephanie Rosenbaum, author of The Astrology Cookbook: A Cosmic Guide to Feasts of Love (Manic D Press, 2009).

Cocktail: Raspberry Summer

Erick Castro, Bourbon & Branch.

Peach Melba

Jeff Cox, author of Organic Cook’s Bible.

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