The raspberry originated in Asia, Europe and North America. Growing season is in the summer and the fall. Raspberries are a very flexible fruit and are easy to grow at home; however they are very fragile. One berry is actually many tiny fruits that are held together by tiny hairs. It is recommended to use fresh raspberries quickly because that is when they have the most Vitamin C.
• Raspberries are available all year long• The growing season is summer and fall
• Full sunlight• Well-drained, sandy loam soils rich in organic matter.• Easy access to a water supply. Watering the plants frequently will improve fruit size and increase production.• Don’t grow close to vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant because they contain a root rot Verticillium that can damage raspberries.• Do not grow raspberries within 600 feet of wild raspberries or blackberries http://umaine.edu/publications/2066e/
Raspberries are ready for harvest when they can be easily pulled from the vine without being damaged They are bright red in color. Raspberries can be harvested from mid-summer until the first frost.
Make sure the berries are not packed too tightly. Berries packaged too tightly could become crushed or damaged. Fresh berries are packaged in clamshell containers Make sure that the container is not wet or stained when purchasing.
At your local grocery At your local farmer’s store market
Raspberries are highly perishable. They should be purchased in the store or market two days prior to use. Choose raspberries that are firm, plump and deep in color. You should avoid the berries that are mushy, or moldy
• Right before eating wash the raspberries gently with a sprayer or with light water pressure. • Do not wash them until ready to eat so they are not wet for too• Do not keep them at long, damaging the room temperature for berries. too long, keep in refrigerator until ready to use.
Put in smoothies, topping Rinse with cool water for desserts like ice before eating cream, pudding, pound cake Freeze fresh berries if will not be eaten right away Topping for a salad Frozen raspberries will Put in breakfast items like keep their “superfood” muffins, pancakes, benefits. waffles, or yogurt Perishable-store in refrigerator
Grow your own at home Buy frozen Look for sales at your local market
Raspberries 1.00 cup 123.00 grams 60.28 calories Worlds DV Nutrient Healthiest Nutrient Amount (%) Density Foods Rating manganese 1.24 mg 62.0 18.5 excellent vitamin C 30.76 mg 51.3 15.3 excellent dietary fiber 8.34 g 33.4 10.0 excellent folate 31.98 mcg 8.0 2.4 good vitamin B2 0.12 mg 7.1 2.1 good (riboflavin) magnesium 22.14 mg 5.5 1.7 good vitamin B3 1.10 mg 5.5 1.6 good (niacin) potassium 186.96 mg 5.3 1.6 good omega 3 fatty 0.12 g 5.0 1.5 good acids copper 0.10 mg 5.0 1.5 goodhttp://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=39
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