The fruit of the raspberry bus, a bramble bush probably originally from eastern Asia. Usually red, raspberries can also be black (without being blackberries), yellow, orange, amber-colored or white. Sweet and finely perfumes, they are moderately tart and more fragile that strawberries.
Wild raspberries are smaller than cultivated raspberries.
Choose: Firm glossy raspberries.
Avoid: Soft, dull raspberries, or ones that are packed too tightly.
Raspberries are fragile and highly perishable. Avoid exposing them to sunlight or leaving them at room temperature.
In the Fridge: 1-2 days, unwashed and only loosely packed raspberries, after removing any damaged raspberries.
In the Freezer: As is or made into a coulis, with or without sugar. Raspberries will keep their shape if they are not completely defrosted.
To prevent raspberries from becoming soft and waterlogged, only wash if necessary and do so delicately and quickly, when about to use.
When they are freshly picked, shake gently to remove any insects that might be in the cavity.
SERVING IDEAS FOR RASPBERRIES
Raspberries are used in the same way as strawberries, and the two fruits are in fact interchangeable in most recipes.
Raspberry coulis is used in cakes, puddings, ice cream, sorbets, flans and bavarois (custard cream desserts). It is also used as a sauce with various foods. Adding a little lemon or orange juice intensifies the color of cooked raspberries or raspberry coulis. Raspberries are delicious plain or eaten with ice cream, yogurt or crème fraîche. They work well as a garnish on fruit salads, cereals, cakes and crepes. They are made into fermented drinks, liqueurs, pies, syrups, jams, jelly, compote, wine or beer.
Raspberry juice is used to flavor ice creams and sorbets. Raspberries can be preserved in syrup, eau-de-vie (a clear brandy) or as is. They give a pleasant flavor to vinegar.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that raspberries are a good source of vitamin C and are high in fiber? Raspberries are said to relieve heartburn and constipation. Infused raspberry leaves are said to have astringent properties.