Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, antioxidants and disease-fighting ellagic acid. Ellagitannins, a family of compounds almost exclusive to the raspberry, are reported to have anti-cancer activity and contribute to the raspberry's antioxidant power. They are also a great source of fibre, which has been found to lower cholesterol levels.
How to buy fresh Raspberries
Raspberries are very similar to Blackberries, as they both have a short shelf life of a few days. Only buy raspberries if you plan to eat them right away.
Raspberries won't ripen once they are picked, choose berries with uniform colour and have a strong berry scent.
Avoid berries that are mushy or mouldy.
How to store Raspberries
Refrigerate raspberries immediately to keep them fresh. Wash just before use and store in a container with dry paper towels at the bottom.
How to Freeze Blackberries
Freeze raspberries if you can not use them within a few days. Rinse, place them on a tray and put in freezer. Once frozen, put them in a zip-top bag and keep in the freezer for future use.
1 Pint of raspberries weighs approximately 2/3 to 3/4 lb. Yield: 3 or 4 servings.