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Ingredient of the month – Raspberry

These jewel like candies are often referred to as natures candy!

Rich in color, sweet and juicy taste, high antioxidant power make it the world’s most consumed berry.
A raspberry is made up of many tiny bead-like fruits called”drupelets” clustered around a core. Each drupelet contains one seed.Raspberries can range in color from red, black to purple, yellow, golden.

Selecting Raspberries

Look for ones that are fully ripe because they will not ripen after they are picked. Fully ripe raspberries are ones that are slightly soft, plump and deep in color.

Avoid overripe raspberries that are very soft, mushy or moldy. If you are buying berries prepackaged in a container, make sure that they are not packed too tightly which may cause them to become crushed and damaged. Also, make sure that the container has no signs of stains or moisture, which might indicate possible spoilage. Overripe raspberries should not be eaten.

Storing Raspberries

Like all berries, raspberries are very perishable, so great care should be taken in their handling and storage. Before storing in the refrigerator, remove any raspberries that are moldy or damaged so that they will not contaminate others. Store unwashed, whole berries in their original container or in an air tight container, spread over a paper towel. Raspberries will keep fresh in the refrigerator for one or two days.

Refrigeration helps slows the rate of respiration, reduces the amount of carbon dioxide produced and helps retain the vitamin content of raspberries so they will remain fresh and you can store them for a longer period of time. Fresh raspberries can last for up to 2 days when properly stored and refrigerated. Water encourages spoilage, so don’t wash raspberries before refrigeration.

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