The raspberry (Rubus idaeus) belongs to the rose family, along with the blackberry and the aronia (chokeberry). The shrub occurs throughout Europe in woodland clearings and fringes. The fruit is thought to have originated in East Asia and has been cultivated in western Europe since the middle ages. Pollination is often carried out by bees and bumble bees that are attracted to the plant, but the raspberry can also self-fertilise. The fruit tends to be bright red, although there are deeper red and yellow raspberries too.
Raspberries are super healthy berries with a high vitamin content, including vitamin C, B11, E and K. The fruits also contain minerals such as manganese, magnesium, copper and potassium. It is sometimes said that raspberries reduce the appearance of wrinkles and that the vitamin C reduces age spots and colour changes in the skin. The fruit’s antioxidant properties are noteworthy at three times that of kiwifruits and twice that of tomatoes.
Berrico supplies raspberries with a lovely red colour in dried form, sweetened with sugar or apple juice concentrate and without any further additives. In our product range we have smaller fruits from Serbia, which we can supply as ‘whole’ fruits. In addition we carry a larger variety from Poland, which we supply diced. These are particularly well suited to being incorporated in cereal bars and cookies. The raspberries also look great added to nut or fruit mixes due to their deep red colour. In muesli the raspberries give a pleasant taste explosion.
Fun fact: a raspberry is made up of around a hundred tiny fruits, each formed of a juicy pulp and tiny seed. The fruits are clustered around a short stalk.