Raspberry Facts; How Mutch Important, Benificial And Interesting?

The raspberry is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus; the name also applies to these plants themselves. Raspberries are perennial with woody stems.

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    things you didn't know about raspberries

  • They're the delicious, juicy berries so beloved of gardeners, summer drinks menus and spicing up a fruit salad, but how much do you really know about the raspberry?

  • You've doubtless eaten them, popped them into your weekly shop and even considered growing them, but how much do you know about the delicate little raspberry?
  • Also known as Rubus idaeus, the raspberry belongs to the same botanical family as the rose and the blackberry. But the fun facts don't stop there - it turns out there's far more to the brilliant berry than first meets the eye.

    They're actually really good for you

    Raspberries contain more vitamin C than oranges, are super high in fibre, low in calories and supply you with a good dose of folic acid. Further to that, they are high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium. Who would have thought that you could find so much goodness in one humble berry?

    They are thought to help pregnant women

    It has been suggested that drinking raspberry leaf tea shortens the second stage of labour.

    Scotland is an unlikely raspberry haven

    It's famous for its raspberry growing. In the late 1950s, raspberries were brought down from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.

    Raspberries are ancient

    They are thought to been eaten since prehistoric times, but only began to be cultivated in England and France in about the 1600s. There are over 200 species of raspberries That's a bit more than your standard pink berries in a box at Waitrose, isn't it?

    They come in all sorts of colours

    Not all at once, but raspberries can be red, purple, gold or black in colour. The gold ones are the sweetest variety, and very tasty.

    They are really involved in the berry family tree

    To form new species, raspberries have been crossed with other berries. 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 a blackberry. It's all gone a bit meta-berry.

    They aggregate

    Not like the football scores, no. Aggregate fruits have flowers with multiple ovaries and each produces druplets around a core. Those druplets are the delicate little bead-like pockets of goodness in each raspberry, and each one could be considered a separate fruit on its own.

    The raspberry is super seedy

    In a nice way, though: an average raspberry has 100 to 120 seeds.

    Raspberries are deeply symbolic

    No, you wouldn't have thought it, would you. In some kinds of Christian art, the raspberry is the symbol for kindness. The red juice was thought of as the blood running through the heart, where kindness originates. In the Philippines, if you hang a raspberry cane from the outside of your house, evil spirits are supposed to be deterred.

    In Germany, too, raspberry canes would be tied to the horse's body in the belief that it would calm them down. So much power in one gentle cane! They were once thought to be curative too In the past they have been used to clean the teeth, and as a cure for sore eyes.

    They don't continue to ripen when picked

    Unlike many fruits, unripe raspberries do not ripen after they have been picked. There's no softening up in the fruit bowl for the raspberry - once it's picked, that's your lot.