Known as nature’s candy, wild raspberries have been gathered for consumption by humans for thousands of years.
With their rich colour, sweet juicy taste, and antioxidant power, it is no wonder raspberries remain one of the world’s most consumed berries.
Raspberries can range in colour from the popular red and black varieties to purple, yellow, or golden. Each colour berry has a unique composition of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
So, they are delicious and nutricious, but how many of these raspberry-related facts did you know?
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 have been eaten since prehistoric times, but only began to be cultivated in England and France in about the 1600s.
The raspberry is super seedy
An average raspberry has 100 to 120 seeds.
Raspberries are deeply symbolic
In the Philippines, if you hang a raspberry cane from the outside of your house, evil spirits are supposed to be deterred.
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.