Produce of the Week
Berries are a much loved fruit in the food universe. It even has the sweet moniker of, “the candies of the fruit world.” This week we wanted to feature the delicious raspberry, a common fruit in most Canadian households.
There are over 200 species of raspberries, all belonging to the scientific genus called Rubus.
Scientists don’t know where raspberries originated from. Some speculate that certain native species are from Alaska, North Asia, Russia, Europe, and North America. In terms of domestication, researchers believe that Europeans have been cultivating raspberries for over 2000 years.
Fun Fact: The flowers from a raspberry bush can be a major nectar source for honeybees.
Raspberries are grown for the fresh fruit market and commercially as frozen fruit, juice or as dried fruit. Typically, raspberries were a midsummer crop, but with new technology, cultivation methods and imports, they can now be obtained all year-round.
Raspberries are very perishable, they should only be purchased one or two days prior to use. Choose berries that are firm, plump, and deep in colour. If you are buying berries prepackaged in a container, make sure that they are not packed too tightly, since this may cause them to become crushed and damaged.
Raspberries have tons of health benefits!
Since raspberries are so readily available, they are often consumed as drinks, in pastries, in salads as well as fresh and raw.
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