The Raspberry is an ancient fruit. Historians speculate that the Raspberries would have originated in eastern Asia and it would have migrated to the west. Travelers crossing from the east to the west could have carried the Raspberry seeds with them. The first documented Raspberry cultivation was in 1548 in England, as a medicinal plant. In the 19th century, Raspberries were cultivated as a commercial crop. today, more than 911 million pounds of Raspberries are produced in 37 countries world wide and the USA, Canada, Mexico and Chile remain the top producers of the crop.
It has been recommended to make Raspberry recipe a home, due to its natural goodness. Raspberry is one of the most preferred ingredients while preparing desserts. As part of the dessert, a typical Raspberry recipe could involve chilling, freezing, baking, steaming, boiling and pureeing .It can also be used in combination with meat, other fruits and vegetables to make either starters or even the main course of the meal. In many family traditions, a Raspberry recipe would be handed down from mother to daughter.
Raspberry has low calorific value and they can be consumed by everyone. It has high Vitamin C content which is needed in the prevention of Common Cold and Scurvy. It is also high on iron and folate, both of which are needed to maintain the hemoglobin content in the blood. Ellagic acid, a natural cancer preventing compound is present in the Raspberry. Tests have shown that Raspberries help in the reduction of blood cholesterol and in the slowing down the release of carbohydrates into the blood.
Many a Raspberry recipe are found among the Continental, American and Mexican cuisines.
The ripest Raspberry will be dark pinkish red unless it is of the yellow or white variety. The ripe fruit will easily come off in your hand while plucking. The raspberries will not ripen once plucked, so care must be taken while plucking. Raspberries are costlier when they are bought at grocery stores. Fresh produce are sold at farms for reasonable rates.
Raspberries are highly light and temperature sensitive. The fresh Raspberry will remain without perishing in the refrigerator for upto 1 to 2 days at a temperature of 34F to 38F. It is best to consume the Raspberries as soon as possible. Wash them, just before consumption as moisture makes them to wither sooner.
The Raspberry crops are of two types; June crop and the Ever-bearing crop (perennial). However, there are several varieties. Pruning and maintenance of these two crops are very different and care must be taken.
• The seeds of Raspberries are speculated to have been carried by travelers or animals that came across the Bering Strait during the ancient times. Bering Strait is said to have been an hypothetical land bridge that joined Russia and Alaska.