Raspberries are a perennial fruit bearing cane related to the rose family of plants. Its scientific name is Rubus idaeus which is Latin for "bramble bush of Ida". In the history of raspberries we find that the fruit has been consumed at least since the Paleolithic age. The leaves in ancient times were valued for their medicinal properties.

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There are many health benefits of raspberries, not the least of which is that like most berries they contain resveratrol which is a phytonutrient that slows the aging process. They also contain vitamin C. The ellagic acid content helps to fight cancer. Raspberries are light in calories, so they are easy to add to the average diet.

How to Grow Raspberries: There are two main types of raspberries, summer-bearing and ever-bearing. They also come in a variety of colors from the most common red to yellow, purple, and black. Raspberries are generally planted from clones of existing canes. They like at least six hours of sun per day, and can tolerate full sun in most climates. They have a tendency to spread from both roots and crowns. Plant so that the crown is under rich, fertile soil. Keep well watered. Canes should bear within one or two years. Pruning should be done in the spring. Canes which bore the previous season should be cut back.

Recipes for Raspberries abound. The robust flavor of raspberries make them a perennial favorite in many households. They can be eaten plain or put on waffles or pancakes. They can be used in muffins or even a souffle. They flavor drinks and make one of the most popular jams in the world. They lend themselves to sweet rather than savory recipes. However, they can make an interesting tart sauce and a fine vinaigrette salad dressing.

The term raspberry also describes an action that signifies derision. It is a sound made from the mouth by extending the tongue and forcing air around slightly compressed lips. The flapping of the lips creates the noise. There are many other strange and fun facts about raspberries.

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