The health benefits of raspberries leaves, as well as the
benefits of the actual fruit, are not to be overlooked. The
raspberry leaves can be used to make tea infusions which is
traditionally believed to actively encourage the stages of
pregnancy and labor, by preventing miscarriage and helping the
Raspberry is an ideal fruit for pregnant women. Other raspberry
benefits include their potential to fight illness such as
chronic fatigue and depression, as well as harmful diseases such
as cancer and heart disease. This is because raspberry contains
a powerful source of antioxidants.
The vitamins in raspberries can
positively assist the body by boosting immunity and fighting
infections. Raspberry provides a high content of vitamin C.
The nutritional value of raspberry is actively encouraged by
the fruit's range of B vitamins including vitamin B2, B3 and B5.
In addition, other raspberry vitamins include vitamin E and K.
The health benefits of raspberries are outstanding as
this fruit also contains one of the highest sources of fiber
which encourages healthy digestion by helping to maintain
digestive function which can relieve stomach cramps and
conditions, it's a particularly good fruit for IBS Irritable
Bowel Syndrome. Raspberry can detoxify the body, maintain blood
sugar levels, cholesterol levels, prevent harmful cell changes
and reduce allergies.
The minerals in raspberry also
have huge importance over our health as they include essential,
absorbable minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium and
Raspberry is low in calories, this is a fruit
which is bursting with health benefits whether its eaten raw,
fresh or cooked. The amount of calories in raspberry depends on
the method the raspberry is served or cooked, for example if the
fruit is served with cream, obviously it will contain more
calories. Raspberry is extremely low in fat.
following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of
raspberry calories and carbohydrates:
Calories in Raspberries per 100 grams:
Raw, fresh raspberry - 25 calories / 4.6 carbs
stewed with sugar - 48 calories / 11.5 carbs
in juice - 32 calories / 6.7 carbs
Canned raspberry in syrup
- 88 calories / 22.5 carbs
Frozen raspberry - 27 calories /
is a delicious yellow, golden, black or red fruit, a type of
berry fruit, which grows on a prickly thorn bush / plant. The
raspberry belongs to the rose family. The fruit is small in
size, with delicate skin which forms in clusters, forming each
The fruit grows on prickly bushes
from which they are attached by a thin stem. The history of
raspberry dates back to prehistoric times when the fruit grew in
the wild. Raspberry bushes grow better in cooler climates. They
grow well throughout many parts of Europe and Asia in
There are also varieties of raspberry which
grow well in hotter climates, in areas such as North America.
The flavor of raspberry is likened by many as its sweet,
succulent and juicy. The texture is a little velvety, very
different from other types of berries. They are a wonderful
fruit, particularly on a summer's day, served in a fruit salad
with cream cream or ice cream - a little sugar or meringue makes
a splendid addition also.
Varieties of Raspberry
There are many types of
raspberries grown throughout the world. Some of the main
raspberry varieties are as follows:
Heritage Raspberries - this
particular type of raspberry has an intense, rich flavor.
Malling Jewel Raspberry
- this is a red raspberry which looks a little like a jewel,
hence the name of this fruit.
Yellow Raspberry - although
yellow raspberries are not commonly available, there are
delicious and unique as the color of this fruit is golden
yellow, unlike the usual red or black raspberries.
Wild Raspberries - the wild
raspberry grows in the wild, they are small in size and full of
flavor and pips. You may recognize them growing in damp areas of
Whether you are picking raspberries
straight from the bush or from a punnet in a shop, always look
for even colored, bright raspberries as this indicates that they
are ripe and ready for eating. They will not last too long once
they've been picked as they will begin to soften and show signs
of going mouldy. Therefore, its is preferable to eat them on the
same day or keep them refrigerated for a day or two. Remember to
leave them at room temperature for a short while before serving.
The instructions for frozen raspberries are simple to follow.
This fruit can be frozen easily and it's a good way to preserve
the nutritional value of raspberry as it protects the fruit's
To freeze raspberries:
raspberry, removing any bits or stalk.
Spread the raspberries
evenly on a baking tray, creating only one layer.
tray in the freezer allowing them to freeze openly.
frozen, place raspberries in a carton.
Raspberry Puree /
Raspberries can be pureed, this is
particularly good for any raspberry which is starting to soften.
Puree raspberries or raspberry coulis can be used for different
recipes including raspberry sorbet, raspberry sauce and
raspberry ice cream. The process is simple.
To puree raspberries:
Place raspberries in a bowl.
Crush raspberries with a spoon
until the mixture is pureed.
Spoon the raspberry puree into a
sieve. Push it through the sieve, into another bowl, using the
Add a little icing sugar or caster sugar to flavor as