The Razzlin’ Dazzlin’ Raspberry

Welcome to raspberry season! It is actually time for many types of berries to be harvested – woohoo! Berries have many similar qualities but today we’re going to learn specifically about the wonderful raspberry.f79bf82dbc2ad9a69f9db060939d9550

Do you like raspberries as much as the cute bunny in the video below?

A single raspberry is actually a cluster of many little fruits called drupelets. If you have ever thought that raspberries have a lot of seeds,  it is because each drupelet has its own seed. All those seeds add fiber, which is a good thing!

You can find raspberries at the farmers markets but some farms allow people to come pick their own produce. Click here to find a farm near you where you can pick your own raspberries! (Scroll to the middle of the page and then select the general region you live in)

 

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Raspberries, and other berries, contain a high amount of a substance called antioxidants. Antioxidants help reduce the risk of developing different diseases by protecting cells! Here some other nutrients that your body absorbs from raspberries:

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it helps protect cells. It also helps the immune system stay healthy.

Fiber from all those seeds helps with good digestion.

Manganese helps with bone formation and turning food into energy.

 

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Fresh or frozen, you can do a lot with raspberries!

  • Eat them plain – yum!
  • Mix raspberries into yogurt
  • Use them in a smoothie
  • Top ice cream with a few raspberries
  • Use them in baked goods – muffins, cakes, pies, etc.
  • Add them to a salad
  • Mix them in with cereal or oatmeal
  • Make raspberry lemonade
  • Make jam

 

varieties

There are over 200 species of raspberries which range in color from red, yellow, orange, purple, or black!

Raspberry varieties are split into two categories – summer-bearing (harvested in summer) and ever-bearing (harvested in fall). Varieties of red and yellow raspberries are harvested in the summer and fall. Purple and black raspberries are mostly harvested in the summer.

 

 

recipes

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Berry Banana Split

Information came from redrazz.org, extension.illinois.edu, and nih.gov

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