Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) have been present in our gastronomy for centuries. It is believed that the Romans found them on Mount Ida in Greece, hence their Latin name, idaea . From Greece they went to Italy, to theThe Netherlands, England and later North America. Currently, its cultivation is widespread throughout the world and is produced in practically all fruit-growing areas. In Spain, Huelva is the raspberry production areamost important in Europe.
This delicious fruit comes from the raspberry, a plant that abounds in mountain areas and is characteristic of temperate climates. It belongs to the Rosaceae family, which includes more than 2,000 esHerbaceous plant species, shrubs, and trees that grow throughout temperate regions around the world. This fruit has a rounded or conical shape, with a velvety red or yellowish skin depending on the variety. They are made up of smalldrupes rounded, tightly grouped on a small conical receptacle. The varieties found on the market are: red, black and purple raspberries.
These natural sweets are an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient with proven antioxidant action. Likewise, vitamin C has the ability to promote the absorption of iron from food, thus improving or preventinge anemia and resistance to infection.
Its minerals include potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. Due to their high potassium and low sodium content, they are highly recommended for thoseas people suffering from high blood pressure or diseases of the blood vessels and heart.
It should also be noted its high content of phenolic compounds among which are anthocyanins , which jTogether with vitamin C, they give this berry a great antioxidant capacity. specifically, they have been shown to have a protective effect against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
And finally, its fiber contentand organic acids (citric and malic acid), makes this fruit effective in case of constipation.
In the market
When buying them we must bear in mind that their optimal state is reflected in their color, which should be bright and red, and their compact texture and hard to the touch. They are very perishable, so to conserve themFor some more time we must take them out of their container and put them on a plate and put them in the refrigerator. Still, we must try to consume them quickly.
In the kitchen
Raspberriess are delicious fresh, in salads, as a garnish in desserts, but they are also widely used to make jams, preserves, cakes or tartlets and accompanying sauce.
Surely we have already convinced you! The season and do not forget to include them in breakfast,as a snack, in your salads, smoothies, smoothies ... it all depends on your creativity.