Raspberries are actually a combination of individual drupelets that are held together by very fine, nearly invisible hairs. Raspberries have a hollow core and are conical with an overall rounded shape. The flavor of a raspberry can range from sweet-tart to a more jam-like consistency depending on the variety and region that it is from. Raspberries are soft, juicy and sweet with tart and floral undertones. Raspberries are a good source of vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, copper, iron, antioxidants, and ellagic acid, a phenolic compound known to prevent cancer. They also have a high proportion of dietary fiber, comprising of around 20% of the raspberries’ total weight.
Raspberries are used mainly in sweet dishes and recipes because of their sweet-tart and sometimes jam-like consistency. Raspberries are great in tarts, berry medleys and baked goods of all shapes and sizes. Get creative and try raspberries whenever you need a sweet fruit as an addition.