Silly Food Fact
Question: What is the difference between raspberries and blackberries? Nope, not the color … raspberries can be red, gold, purple, or black! Answer: Raspberries have a hollow core, but blackberries do not. In the United States, 90% of all raspberries are grown in the Pacific Coast states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Why our Bodies Love It
Raspberries have tons of fiber—more fiber per calorie than any other fruit: 17 grams per cup. They are also a rich source of vitamin C and manganese. Raspberries rank very high in antioxidant properties, and their leaves can be used in herbal and medicinal teas.
Care and Picking
Raspberries grow best in areas with mild winters and cool summers. Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. A trellis may be needed to support the growing canes, and proper pruning is critical for maximum harvest. Raspberries are fragile! Pick early in the morning before the sun has softened the berries, and gently pull each berry off the bush. If the berry doesn’t come off easily, it is not ripe enough to eat.
Is your green thumb itching to try something new? Learn how to prune a raspberry plant here!
Tips and Warnings
Don’t plant raspberries where potatoes, eggplants, or tomatoes have previously been planted—a fungus can remain in the soil that may infest your raspberry crop. Once berries are picked, they will not ripen further. Raspberries are both fragile and perishable. Refrigerate unwashed raspberries in a loosely-covered container, and use within a couple days. Freeze excess raspberries: without sugar, use within 3 months; with sugar, your raspberries will last up to a year.
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