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Raspberry

Raspberry

Product Description

Raspberries belong to the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants. There are over 200 species of raspberries, all belonging to the scientific genus called Rubus. Fortunately, however, many of the raspberry species that are grown commercially can be placed into one of three basic groups: red raspberries, black raspberries, and purple raspberries. In science terms, raspberries are referred to as "aggregate fruits." Aggregate fruits are actually composed of many small individual fruits that come from multiple ovaries in a single flower. In the case of a raspberry, those small individual fruits are the little juicy spheres that make up the structure of the raspberry. They are also called drupelets, and each one has its own seed.

History

Scientists aren't entirely sure about the origins of raspberries. Wild raspberries appear on at least five continents, and there is enormous species diversity for this fruit. Some arctic species of raspberry are native to Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and northern Asia; other species are native to eastern Asia and the Hawaiian islands; still others are native to Europe or to North America. In terms of their first cultivation, people have evidence dating back about 2,000 years in Europe, making raspberries one of the earliest berry crops. Natural trading and traveling may have been important in the spread of raspberries, for example, into North American from eastern Asia across the Bering Strait.

 

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 100 grams

Calories: 52

Protein: 1.22 gram

Fat: 0.65 grams

Carbohydrate: 11.95 grams

Dietary Fiber : 6.5 grams

Use Tips

Raspberries are primarily consumed as a fresh fruit or may be processed into jams, jellies, juices and pulp.

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