Once considered a fruit only sourced in the summer months, raspberries these days are available throughout the year. Growers using innovative ways to extend the season, thereby spoiling consumers with this explosive sweet sour flavour-filled fruit we love to eat.
Raspberries, alongside strawberries, are among one of our favourite summer fruits. Not only do they taste great and are packed with antioxidants, but they’re also a main feature on indulgent desserts (we’ve all made a pavlova or cheesecake, topping it with raspberries, right). So, it’s no surprise that these vibrant sweet sour raspberries are also excellent for our health.
What do you mean, raspberries are not berries?
We’ve assumed for too long that raspberries are part of the berry family, interestingly they’re not. Raspberries, in fact, are part of the rose family (Rosaceae) just like strawberries, they are drupes, they don’t have a pericarp that contains several seeds, but rather consist of an aggregate of drupelets which each contain a single seed.
To really know the true taste of a raspberry you need to steer clear of the tasteless imitations found in supermarkets. Raspberries begin to lose their flavour, colour and texture within hours of being picked. So the only way to truly experience the sweet-sour flavours of this beautiful fruit is to visit a grower and purchase direct or to grow them yourself in your backyard.
For the raspberry lovers, here’s a planting tip: Best planted in autumn or winter, raspberries grow best in cool-temperate areas which are sheltered from the afternoon sun, as well as planted in well-drained, acidic to neutral, rich soils.
Health reasons why we should include raspberries into our diet (and gardens)
Raspberries contain powerful antioxidants and are rich in vitamin A, B and C. They are known to stimulate the body’s defences, support the immune system, boost the metabolism, and also contribute towards a healthy digestive tract. The acids in raspberries is predominantly citric which influences the urea cycle with a diuretic and cleansing effect. And with many active acids, including natural aspirin (salicylic acid), pectin and tannins, raspberries help the liver remove unwanted toxins.
Refrigeration storage tips for sweet sour raspberries
Raspberries taste best when they’ve just been picked, and normally have a shelf life of a day in a conventional refrigerator. With Liebherr’s BioFresh system, raspberries will keep fresh for up to three days longer and, if you choose to freeze them, Liebherr’s convenient freezer tray is perfect, raspberries can be spread out and frozen individually.