Also known as Rubus idaeus, the raspberry belongs to the same botanical family as the rose and blackberry. And the interesting facts don’t stop there. 10 more to come!
The benefits of raspberries
Raspberries contain more vitamin C than oranges, are very high in fiber, low in calories, and provide us with a good dose of folic acid. In addition, they contain large amounts of potassium, vitamin A and calcium. Who would have thought that so much good could be found in one humble berry?
It is believed that raspberries have been eaten since prehistoric times, but they began to be cultivated in England and France around the 1600s.
There are over 200 types of raspberries. This is a little more than the usual pink-red berries on the market, isn’t it?
Raspberries can be red, purple, yellow or black.
New types of berries are formed from raspberries
Loganberry is a hybrid of raspberries and blackberries. Boysenberry is a hybrid of raspberry, blackberry and loganberry.
An aggregate fruit is a fruit that develops from the fusion of several ovaries that were separate in the same flower. Raspberries are a collection of small red “beads”, each of which can be considered as a separate fruit.
How many seeds are in a raspberry?
On average, 1 raspberry contains from 100 to 120 seeds.
Raspberry – a symbol of good
Unexpected, right? In some types of Christian art, raspberries are a symbol of kindness. Red juice was considered to be blood flowing through the heart, where kindness originates. In the Philippines, they scare away evil spirits by hanging a raspberry branch outside their home. In Germany, people tied a raspberry branch to a horse’s body in the hope that it would calm it down.
Raspberries were medicine
In the past, it was used to clean teeth and as a remedy for inflammation of the eyes.
Raspberries do not ripen
Unlike many fruits, vegetables and berries, unripe raspberries do not ripen after being picked. It will remain the same green if you picked an unripe berry.