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Raspberries - My Favorite Fruit

Two raspberries on a spoon

Two raspberries on a spoon

Raspberries - A Taste of Summer

Raspberries are my absolute favourite fruit, although I love most summer fruit - strawberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, cherries and the rest. I will eat raspberries fresh off the bush: - one in my mouth, one in the basket; one, two in my mouth, two in the basket; and so on. I have to admit, more end up in my mouth when I pick raspberries.

I love them fresh with cream, in pies and tarts, in smoothies and milkshakes, and in many other ways.

I have grown raspberries in the garden and fought with the birds to eat them when they ripen. I have made them into jam, put them in cakes and desserts and even preserved them in liqueurs for Christmas.

Raspberries and mango - a delicious combination

Raspberries and mango - a delicious combination

Basic Information about Raspberries

The original raspberries had the Latin name of Rubus idaeus - Rubus is the genus and the idaeus referred to the European species of the sub-genus Idaeobatus. Now raspberries include berries closely related to the original species and include Rubus strigosus - the American raspberry.

Raspberries make a great addition to your diet. They are rich in vitamin C, containing approximately 26mg in every 100g of fruit. Raspberries make an excellent contribution towards your daily fibre requirement as up to 20% of their weight can be fibre. They are also among the best sources of polyphenol antioxidants as well as other vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Raspberry Cheesecakes - Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Raspberry Smoothy

Nothing could be quicker or easier to make than this raspberry smoothie. The other good news is that this contributes one portion towards your daily requirement of fruit and vegetables. It serves four.

Ingredients

1 cup orange juice

1 cup raspberry yogurt

1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt (or ice cream)

1/2 frozen banana, cut into pieces

1 cup fresh raspberries

Method

Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix for 30 seconds, then blend until smooth.

Recipes for 500 Smoothies & Juice

Raspberry Mousse

Folding raspberries into cream to make a raspberry mousse

Folding raspberries into cream to make a raspberry mousse

Mousse is a beautiful, light, summer dessert but it's not something you should leave until the last minute to make. This raspberry mousse is only lightly set. Serves 6.

Ingredients

16ozs fresh raspberries, washed and hulled

3 eggs plus 2 egg yolks

4oz castor (fine grained) sugar

3 level tbs powdered gelatine

3 tbs water

1/2 pint double (heavy) cream

Grated chocolate to decorate

Method

1. Set aside 8 raspberries for decoration.

2. Put the rest of the raspberries in a pan, stir and heat to a simmer. Remove from the heat when the fruit is soft, then rub it through a sieve which should give you about 1/2 pint of purée.

3. Put the eggs and extra yolks into a heatproof bowl, then place the bowl over a pan of hot water. Whisk the eggs until thick and fluffy. At this point, remove the bowl from the hot water and place the whole bowl inside another containing cold water or ice cubes. Continue to whisk the egg mixture until it is cool.

4. Dissolve the gelatine in the 3 tbs of water, stir it into the raspberry purée then whisk the mixture into the eggs.

5. Lightly whip the cream and stir quickly into the main mixture before it sets. Now transfer the mousse into a serving bowl. Leave to set in the refrigerator until it is set - about an hour to 90 minutes.

6. Decorate with the raspberries you set aside at the beginning and grated chocolate.

Making Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jamming to Harvest Home

Making jams or preserves is an exact science - get the proportions of fruit, water and sugar wrong and you could have a fruit sauce instead of a nice preserve to spread on bread. Alternatively, it could set so hard, you'll need a hammer and chisel to break some out of the jar.

Because of this and the difference in UK and US pounds, let alone converting everything from UK weights to cups and spoons, I have decided not to give a jam or preserve recipe.

I love making jams and jellies, it gives me a real sense of accomplishment but all my recipes are in UK measures.

Instead, the video above gives you a good idea of the methods used.

Raspberries growing on the bush

Raspberries growing on the bush

Raspberry Liqueur

If you preserve raspberries in alcoholic spirits, people will line up to receive a jar or three for a Christmas or Thanksgiving gift. On the other hand, once you've tasted it, you won't want to give it to anybody. Trust me, I know this for a fact!

Take 16oz of raspberries, washed and hulled, 12oz sugar and 3/4 of litre of a spirit of your choice, eg gin, bacardi (white rum) or vodka are good because they don't spoil the colour of the raspberries.

Put everything in a sterilised preserving jar(s) and seal. Shake well.

Store the jar or jars somewhere dark, shake the jar every day for a month than just occasionally afterwards. Try to keep them for a minimum of three months before using.

When you are ready, drain off the liquid through muslin or other finely woven, clean fabric. You don't want seeds or specks of fruit in it. Bottle the liqueur.

Please don't throw the fruit away, it is so delicious but don't eat it in one go all by yourself otherwise you'll definitely have a hangover!

Raspberry Cranachan

Cranachan is a traditional Scottish summer dessert, usually served with each ingredient in a separate dish so people could help themselves to each one in the proportion they preferred. Now it is often served ready made up in glasses. Serves 4.

Ingredients

3oz oatmeal

1/2 pint (10fl oz) double (heavy) cream

2 tbs honey

2 - 3 tbs Scotch whisky

8ozs raspberries

Method

1. In a dry pan, toast the oatmeal over a medium heat until they are golden brown, then leave to cool in a cold bowl.

2. Whisk together the cream, whisky and honey until it forms soft peaks, fold in the oatmeal.

3. Starting with the raspberries, put in layers of raspberries and the honey flavoured cream and oatmeal mixture into four individual glasses. Finish off by decorating the top of each glass of cranachan with a few raspberries.

See how easy cranachan is to make

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How to Grow Raspberries

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Choosing and Planting a Raspberry Bush

When I had a garden, I loved picking raspberries I had grown myself. I knew I hadn't used any chemical fertilisers or pesticides and that they were absolutely fresh. I'd recommend growing raspberries to anybody who has the right conditions and enough outside space.

What's your favorite way of eating raspberries?

mel-kav on August 04, 2013:

I have just recently started eating raspberries - and I was surprised - they have surpassed my one time #1 fruit - strawberries. Raspberries are #1 now.

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

Raspberries - also my favorites fruits - contains a lot of antioxidants , also raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats but are rich source of dietary fiber. fantastic fruits clear cristal...

BrightDaysAhead on August 12, 2012:

Fresh from the garden with cream and a bit of agave nectar..yumm!

LisaDH on July 22, 2012:

I love raspberries, particularly with chocolate. :-)

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on July 22, 2012:

Raspberry liqueur sounds heavenly

EMangl on July 22, 2012:

right from the bush

anonymous on July 22, 2012:

I love raspberries in my smoothies.

lilblackdress lm on July 22, 2012:

YUM!

Funflower on August 15, 2011:

I pick (while eating) and then freeze them for later use. What I really like is raspberry slush: take about 200 grams of frozen raspberries, add two teaspoons of honey and 100 grams of yogurt. Blend. MMMMM

blanckj on June 04, 2011:

The raspberry mousse looks heavenly.

myneverboredhands on November 10, 2010:

I love raspberries so much, they are one of my favorites too... I can eat them in any way possible, but prefer to eat right from the bush and it will be never too much for me :) Unfortunately it doesn't happen often as I wish it would!

howtocurecancer on October 01, 2010:

I eat raspberries fresh with a little bit of honey or in my home made ice cream. You can check my lens with the ice cream receipt.

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on July 11, 2010:

Raspberries are my favorite, too! I like eating them anyway I can. My mouth was watering looking at all of the photos and recipes! Great lens.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on May 18, 2010:

I love raspberries everything except the raw ones as I prefer strawberries raw! I love a fresh bowl of raspberries with a little cream. I have featured your lens on Red Fruits as one of my favorites, too!

jaynedur on May 17, 2010:

yea resberries are pretty good. yummy check my lens for blueberries recpies putting this lens on my roll too :D

Dianne Loomos on August 13, 2009:

Your raspberry recipes sound fabulous! I live in raspberry country. Our little corner of the world produces the largest raspberry harvest in North America.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on July 08, 2009:

Wow! This may be my favorite lens! I love raspberries and you have some wonderful recipes. i can't wait to try the one for the raspberry liqueur. Sounds wonderful! 5* and I wish I could give more!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on June 05, 2009:

Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

I love raspberries when they are just picked. (Is there anything better?) Your page is well done & blessed by an angel.

Teddi14 LM on June 02, 2009:

Outstanding lens. I love the pictures. BTW, I found it from Tagfoot. I love raspberries too. I have a bush in my yard. I think they are ever berries because the produce berries all summer long. 5*'s

CleanerLife on June 01, 2009:

We have plenty of raspberries around here, it's a shame they are only in season for such a short time each year. We also have to get to them before the birds do! :)

luvmyludwig lm on June 01, 2009:

I'm hungry now! I don't get many raspberries, but when I do they are a treat. I like to combine them with blueberries.

anonymous on May 30, 2009:

Oh boy - raspberries are my favourite fruit and I love to have them with my wheat free breakfast (hint! hint!).

These recipes are gorgeous. In fact they are so moythwateringly gorgeous that I think I am just going to have to Bless this lens!

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on May 30, 2009:

Raspberry smoothies are delish. We had lots of plants on the farm where we once lived and often came in with red fingers ... but no berries!

ctavias0ffering1 on May 30, 2009:

Oh my, Cranachan, oh yum, can't resist. Delicious lens, my stomach is rumbling but I'll give you 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust before I go and raid the garden. The raspberries here are wild and self-seeded but delicious nevertheless.

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