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The raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is known as an "aggregate fruit" since it is made up of seed containing fruits, called "drupelets," aranged around a hollow central cavity. While the most common type of raspberry is red-pink, raspberries actually come in a range of colours, including black, purple, orange, yeloow and white. Both loganberries and boysenberries are hybrids of raspberries.

[edit] History

Wild raspberries are native to Asia and the Western Hemisphere and have been consumed as food since prehistoric times. Raspberries began to be cultivated widely in Europe and in North America in the nineteenth century, when many new varieties, such as the loganberry and boysenberry, were developed through either accidental or intentional cross-breeding. Currently, the leading commercial producers of raspberries are the Russian Federation, Poland, Yugoslavia, Germany, Chile, and the United States.

[edit] Uses

Raspberries are an excellent source of fibre, manganese, vitamin C, flavonoids, and ellagic acid. they are a very good source of vitamin B2 as well as other B vitamins, such as folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6.

  • They are an excellent low-calories, nutrient dense food, great for people with a sweet tooth who want to increase their quality of nutrition without increasing their calorie content of their diet. Teh flavonoids in raspberries act as powerful antioxidants.
  • Anti-viral, anti-cancer activity. High in natural aspirin.

What's New on Raspberry

Black raspberries show potential against cancer

Concentrated freeze-dried extracts from black raspberries may help prevent certain cancers by acting on multiple gene targets, suggests a new study with rats. Over 2,000 genes were affected in the oesophagus of animals when they were exposed to a carcinogen, but normal function was restored in 462 genes after supplementation with freeze-dried black raspberries, researchers from Ohio State report. Read more

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