Raspberry – According to legend, raspberries were originally white. The nymph Ida pricked her finger while picking berries for the crying infant Jupiter, and raspberries have since been tinged red with her blood. Riiiight.
There are over 200 different known species of raspberries but only 2 species are grown on a large scale.
The people of Troy, in modern-day Turkey, were the first to note an appreciation of the raspberry fruit.
Again, just like the strawberry, it’s not actually a berry – it’s an “aggregate fruit” – lots of drupelets (the red bits) around a central core. We’ve been lied to all these years!
Why they’re good for you…
Raspberries are high in antioxidants, mainly vitamin C, and dietary fibre. They also contain potential anti-cancer agent ellagic acid. They’re fat free, and low on calories too!