raspberry by men'thedogs at flickr

Sweet juicy red raspberries are so good!

Did You Know?

  • Raspberries are a member of the rose family.
  • They are not just red: there are also black, purple and gold raspberries.
  • The average raspberry has 100 to 120 seeds.
  • Unripe raspberries do not ripen after they are picked!

Good news is that raspberries are one of the Powerfoods!

Raspberries Benefits:

  • High in vitamin C;  they provide over half you daily requirement.
  • High in manganese, a trace mineral that helps keep your metabolic rate high.
  • Naturally have no cholesterol.
  • Contain ellagic acid, a natural substance which is an anti-carcinogenic (cancer-preventing).
  • Small amounts of B-complex vitamins, calcium and vitamin A and iron.
  • One cup of raspberries provides 8.34 g of dietary fibre.
  • Are one of the top 10 antioxidant-high fruits and vegetables!
  • The seeds are rich in vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and have a natural SPF (sun protection factor) of 25 to 50.
  • No sodium.
  • 1 cup has only 64 calories.

Raspberries are very easy to grow. I started with one raspberry bush 11 years ago and now have a big raspberry batch! I picked over 8 buckets full this summer. In fact I have been having buckets full for at least 7 years.

Right now I am eating a large bowl of raspberries (after I pick them) every morning for breakfast. mmmmm I just love being able to do that.

What do I do with all those raspberries?

  • Freeze lots of them so I have fruit all year.paspberry
  • Make Raspberry ‘Vinaigrette’.
  • Make jam.
  • Dehydrate.
  • Give some to neighbours and friends.
  • And of course I eat lots of them while they are fresh and in season.

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