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As a kid, did you love running through sprinklers in summer? We did, and we reckon biting into a delicious, fresh raspberry – with that priceless ‘zing’ you get as the flavour explodes in your mouth – is akin to that memory. Raspberries are best enjoyed with friends and family, eaten straight off your fingertips!
Whether they are fresh, frozen or baked, raspberries are always the star of the show! Scatter them over your muesli as a morning treat, or end the day with a delightful dessert featuring these vibrant red berries, the possibilities are endless.
In the 16th century, the British began cultivating raspberries and the red and sweet variety spread to North America. These red raspberries became more favourable than the native black raspberry which was firmer in texture and less sweet in taste. Raspberries later found their way to Australia and are now grown around the country!
The tastiest raspberries are plump and brightly coloured, with a soft, hazy gloss. They should be free of dents and bruises. The tiny hairs you see on raspberries are called ‘styles’ – these are perfectly natural and don’t affect the taste or ripeness of the berries.
Raspberries are best kept for one to two days in the fridge in their original packet. We don’t recommend placing them in an airtight container as it will restrict their airflow, and avoid placing them in the crisper, which will dry them out. You can freeze raspberries. Gently rinse them in cool water and allow them to dry completely, before placing them into a freezer-safe container.