belong to the rose family. Although called a berry, technically it is a cluster
of small individual drupelets that are held together by very fine threads
(hairs). Each drupelet is an individual fruit with its own seed. The oval or
conical shaped raspberry encloses a white or yellow central core (receptacle)
that comes away from the raspberry when picked and remains on the plant. This
leaves the raspberry with a hollow core.
grow wild in many cooler regions of the Northern Hemisphere and are also
cultivated. There are many varieties that range in color from black, purple,
red, pink, and amber to white. The most common are red (about 90%) followed by
amber and black varieties.
raspberries look for fragrant, deeply colored, plump and juicy berries without
the cores attached. If the core is still attached the raspberry was picked too
early and the berry will be sour. Avoid berries that are soft and mushy or have
any bruises, black spots or mold. Always check the underside of the container
to make sure there are no squashed berries or red stains.
are a very delicate fruit and have a sweet, slightly acidic flavor when first
picked. They soften quickly so they are best used immediately but can be stored
overnight on a single paper towel lined tray. Do not soak in water as their
hollow core will fill with water and they will be less flavorful.
are used extensively in desserts. What restaurant does not serve a raspberry
Also used in jams and preserves, ice creams, souffle and flans, vinegar,
liqueurs and brandy.