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May 24 2015

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Interesting Facts About Raspberries

Yum, raspberries! So sweet and engaging, whether you are eating them plain or with ice cream. But how much do you really find out about raspberries? Facts like they have no fat, they come in four different colours and just what states and provinces grow nearly all raspberries in Canada as well as the United States. Learn these facts, plus learn about interesting trivia, nutritional facts, what recipes raspberries can be used in and three myths that discuss raspberries. - entertainment


Miscellaneous Facts

Do you consider you know your raspberries? Test your knowledge against these quick facts:

 Raspberries may be either red, purple, gold or black in colour. Golden raspberries are sweeter compared to the other varieties.
 The distinction between raspberries and blackberries is the fact that raspberries have a hollow core in the middle while blackberries do not.
 In the usa, about 90% of all raspberries sold come from Washington, California and Oregon. In Canada, the province of British Colombia produces about 80% of most raspberries sold in Canada.
 There are over 200 species of raspberries.
 When picking raspberries, try to find berries that are firm and dark in colour. They should not be soft or mushy. Gently pull around the berry; if it will not come off easily then leave it on the bush, since the berry is not ripe enough yet.
 Once raspberries have been picked, they won't ripen any further.

Health Facts

We all want to eat healthier, but often healthy is equated with bland or tasteless food. Well, you are able to stop thinking like that because here's a food that's tasty and healthy for you as well! The medical benefits of raspberries include:

 They have no fat, saturated fat, sodium or cholesterol.
 They are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate.
 They are low in calories.
 They can help lower high blood pressure.
 Raspberries have an anti-inflammatory property that may help to reduce inflammation of the joints.

Food Facts

Raspberries can be used in a variety of food dishes. If you realize someone who doesn't prefer to eat fruit, simply add raspberries to the dish. They taste great and the person won't think about the fact that they are eating fruit. Some from the food dishes that raspberries can be used in include:

 They can be made into sauces (for poultry or desserts), jams or jellies.
 They could be eaten fresh, either plain or along with food choices such as yogurt, frozen treats, cereal or salads.
 They may be baked in pies, cakes, breads or muffins.
 They could be in drinks, including smoothies or punches.

Myths From Around The World

Raspberries are sold and produced around the world, which has given rise to myths about why raspberries are red and even one myth about the magical qualities from the fruit.

One popular myth originates from France, which tells the tale about how raspberries use being only white in colour. The myth states that one day, a nymph named Ida was looking after an infant Zeus (also referred to as Jupiter). Zeus was crying also to help soothe him, Ida picked some white raspberries. But when she visited pick the raspberries, she scratched herself on the thorn and started to bleed. Her blood dripped on the white raspberries, instantly turning them red and they've been red ever since.

Another myth, which arises from Germany, talks about the magical qualities of raspberries. It claims that to tame a bewitched horse, one could have to tie an outrageous raspberry twig around the horse's body.

Finally, a modern myth tells the storyline of how raspberries turned a fox's fur red. In the Tale of the Raspberry Fox, by Henning Buchhagen, there's a fox named Ferdinand. At that time, all foxes were grey in colour. The tale tells how Ferdinand didn't like to eat meat, so 1 day he decided to eat some raspberries determined that he loved eating them. He kept eating raspberries and the more he ate, the redder his fur became. Ever since then, all foxes have had red fur and prefer to eat fruit. - entertainment

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