BLOG: Discovering raspberries
Following peak picking season, millions of raspberries have found their way from farmers’ fields to forks all over the world. When thinking of raspberries, many people may conjure up images of sweet desserts, fresh breakfasts or even small red fruit floating in champagne, but there is far more to the delicate fruit than first meets the eye.
A member of the rose family, raspberries have been enjoyed for thousands of years thanks to their sweet flavour and bright colour. With more than 400,000 tons of raspberries being grown globally, they remain one of the most popular red fruits across the world. The average raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets and, while known for their bright red colour, can also be black, yellow, orange, or purple. In total, over 200 species of raspberry cultivated globally from the Rubus idaeus, the European red raspberry, and the American red raspberry, Rubus strigosus, to the less common Rubus leucodermis, also known as the white bark raspberry. This means that raspberries can be sourced from many countries, from Poland and Serbia to Chile and the USA, during different seasons.
In addition to being delicious, raspberries also offer a range of health benefits. They are naturally low in calories but packed full of nutrients. They are high in fibre, potassium and calcium as well as being great sources of vitamins A and C.
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