Outdoors Journal: Raspberries

  • Article by: JIM GILBERT
  • Updated: July 1, 2010 - 9:01 PM

 

It's the peak of the season for picking ripe red raspberries. Since almost everyone likes the taste of fresh raspberries, they are, luckily, one of the easiest fruits to grow. They produce abundantly, and one grower figures that each foot of a row produces a pint of berries during the season. They blossom late and are seldom bothered by frost. Raspberries can usually be grown without spraying, take a minimum amount of care and are easy to pick. Even though red raspberries are about 84 percent water, they also contain vitamins A and C, plus many minerals including potassium. In addition to those desirable features, there are many varieties and cultivars suitable for almost every section of the country.

The English name raspberry comes from the thorny canes of the shrubs that can easily rasp your arms and legs. These plants grow from the arctic to the equator wherever there's enough moisture. Raspberry fruit is an aggregate fruit; that is, each of the little bumps is a tiny fruit itself, complete with a seed and fleshy covering. The berries should be picked as soon as they will slip off the core without breaking the texture of the berry.

JIM GILBERT

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