Health Tip – May 26 – Raspberries: No Ordinary Berry
Raspberries, the perennial plant with vibrant color and flavor, might not be the most popular red fruit on the market, but they are certainly among the healthiest. They protect against many diseases, have lots of other nutritive content, and are simply delicious. Raspberries come in many varieties, have many health benefits, and have an interesting history.
Not only are they wonderfully healthy and tasty, raspberries also come in many varieties, including the Korean Raspberry, European Red Raspberry, Western Raspberry, Blue Raspberry, Black Raspberry, Wine Raspberry, and the American Red Raspberry.
Raspberries are grown in Russia, Serbia, the US, Poland, Germany, the Ukraine, Canada, Hungary, the UK, and France. They are produced in these countries for the fresh fruit market, yet are also sent to commercial processing. Dried raspberries, frozen raspberries, raspberry jam and jelly, raspberry sauce, and raspberry puree are only a few of the many raspberry uses.
Many species of raspberries have even been cross-bread: red raspberries with black raspberries to make purple raspberries, for example. There have been many resulting hybrids; boysenberry is one.
Raspberries do offer many health benefits. They are a good source of energy, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. They are chock-full of antioxidants, and have been linked in early medical research to prevention of inflammation, pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, allergies, cognitive decline (old-age), and degeneration of eyesight.
Raspberries are certainly a wonderful berry choice. If you are looking for a berry to please your palate, raspberries offer sweet taste to savor and body benefits that can last a lifetime.