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Raspberry

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Rubus idaeus

CLASSIFICATION

Fruit

SEASON

January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

About

The Raspberry, part of the berry family, is a deep red ruby delight! Comprised of individual fruits clustered in a helmut shape, this fragile, delicate berry bursts in your mouth giving the taste buds a heavenly explosion of sweetness. The fruit is also available in very limited supply in black, white and yellow but is most commonly known for its ruby red colour. This delicious tasting fruit is full of nutritional benefits and provides many options in the kitchen from stunning desserts to luxurious sticky jams.

These fragile berries with a delicate “suede like” textured skin, burst in your mouth giving the taste buds a heavenly explosion of sweetness.

The raspberry is grown primarily in the Southern states of Australia. The fruit is from NSW, VIC and TAS and New Zealand and is available from June through to March.

West Australian grown raspberries are available from September through to March.

Seasons Chart

Seasonal supply to the WA market

Tips and Hints

For a simple and decadent finish to a chocolate cake, pile raspberries high on top and dust with icing sugar.

Due to their delicate nature, select carefully.

Look for firm, dry berries and avoid very soft fruit. A perfect raspberry is just firm enough to pick without breaking the fragile skin.

They are easily crushed therefore take care when transporting home. Store in refrigerator until ready to use and allow to warm to room temperature when ready to eat.

They should be eaten as soon as possible as they are highly perishable.

Tips and Hints

For a simple and decadent finish to a chocolate cake, pile raspberries high on top and dust with icing sugar.

When using fresh berries, rinse gently with cool water, pat try with paper towel and warm to room temperature for the sweetest tasting fruit. These are then ready to eat and are perfect served with yoghurt, muesli, and other fresh fruit.

When using frozen berries these can be used straight from the freezer in smoothies or baking. If recipe required fruit to be thawed, place in refrigerator to thaw. If you require the frozen berries quickly these can be thawed at room temperature or with a water bath. That is, place berries in bowl on top of a bowl of hot water. Do not use mircrowave or stove top to defrost as this will liquefy the fruit (fine though if you are making a berry sauce).

Tips and Hints

For a simple and decadent finish to a chocolate cake, pile raspberries high on top and dust with icing sugar.

A natural aphrodisiac the raspberry is loaded with vitamins, antioxidents and fibre. It is particularly high in Vitamin C and high in ellagic acid both aiding in the fight against cancer.

It also is an excellent anti-diabetes food, both in prevention and control of the disease.

BERRIES Raspberries
Nutrient Value per 100 g
Proximates
Energy, including dietary fibre    225 kJ
Moisture 84.6    g
Protein 1.2 g
Nitrogen 0.19    g
Fat 0.3    g
Ash 0.4    g
Dietary fibre 6.1    g
Fructose 3.8    g
Glucose 3.1    g
Sucrose 0.1    g
Total sugars 7    g
Starch 0.3    g
Mannitol 0.1    g
Available carbohydrate, without sugar alcohols 7.3    g
Available carbohydrate, with sugar alcohols 7.4    g
Organic Acids
Lactic acid 0    g
Malic acid 0.1    g
Citric acid 2.4    g
Minerals
Calcium (Ca) 28    mg
Copper (Cu) 0.104    mg
Iron (Fe) 0.6    mg
Magnesium (Mg) 22    mg
Manganese (Mn) 0.565    mg
Phosphorus (P) 37    mg
Potassium (K) 169    mg
Selenium (Se) 1.2    ug
Sodium (Na) 1    mg
Sulphur (S) 14    mg
Zinc (Zn) 0.36    mg
Vitamins
Thiamin (B1) 0.037    mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.027    mg
Niacin (B3) 0.36    mg
Niacin Equivalents 0.56    mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.39    mg
Pyridoxine (B6) 0.05    mg
Biotin (B7) 5.7    ug
Folate, natural 34    ug
Total folates 34    ug
Dietary folate equivalents 34    ug
Alpha carotene 0    ug
Beta carotene 28    ug
Cryptoxanthin 0    ug
Beta carotene equivalents 28    ug
Retinol equivalents 5    ug
Vitamin C 32    mg
Alpha tocopherol 0.8    mg
Vitamin E 0.77    mg
Fatty Acids
Total saturated fatty acids (g) 0.1    g
Total monounsaturated fatty acids (g) 0.05    g
Total polyunsaturated fatty acids (g) 0.1    g
Cholesterol 0    mg

Source:

NUTTAB 2010(Food Standards Australia New Zealand); The University of New South Wales; Professor Heather Greenfield and co-workers at the University of New South Wales; Tables of composition of Australian Aboriginal Foods (J Brand-Miller, KW James and PMA Maggiore).

Tips and Hints:

The raspberry is a natural aphrodisiac.