Raspberries

Raspberries

By
Anna Bergenström, Fanny Bergenström
Contains
18 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742702070
Photographer
Fanny Bergenström

The delicate flavour of raspberries

One of the highlights of summer, at least to us, is enjoying a bowl of freshly picked raspberries, dusted with a little sugar and served with creamy milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Fresh raspberries are just heavenly, especially the older varieties as these often have smaller but more aromatic berries. A cool glass of fresh raspberry juice is also hard to beat. We are lucky to have lots of old-fashioned raspberry cultivars in the garden and, in season, we often keep a jug of chilled raspberry juice ready in the fridge. It’s a truly delightful thirst-quencher, appreciated by grown-ups and children alike.

Raspberries, Rubus idaeus, are related to blackberries, dewberries and cloudberries. They are stone fruits or drupes, and each raspberry is essentially a whole bunch of drupelets stuck together to form a single berry. Red raspberries are the most common, but there are also yellow, black and purple varieties, and new cultivars are constantly being developed through cross-cultivation. Raspberries are bursting with vitamins and antioxidants, and are classified as one of the ‘superfoods’ due to their many nutrients and health benefits. Of course, freshly picked raspberries are tastier and more nutritious, but raspberries can easily be frozen as well (we sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of caster sugar per 500 g over the raspberries before freezing them, as this helps to retain their flavour). And in the winter, having a freezer stocked with raspberries will give you countless possibilities to bake and make desserts with a real summery feel. Until raspberry season comes around again …

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