August 7th is National Raspberries N’ Cream Day, a celebration of one of the most impressive members of the berry family.
The word ‘raspberry’ comes from the old French word ‘raspise’ which means ‘sweet rose-colored wine’—a lyrical name befitting of this exquisite fruit.
Raspberries really have it all. They are beautiful to look at, delicious to taste, and packed with health-promoting nutrients.
Let’s take a closer look at this ravishing, refreshing fruit.
Raspberries and the Fab Four
As part of the berry family, raspberries are one of the Fab Four foods – i.e. greens, beans, berries and seeds – that we should be eating every day.
In our article The Beautiful Berry, we explained that berries are loaded with phytochemicals with antioxidant properties.
In fact, compared to all other foods (except spices), berries have the highest antioxidant content per serving.
The phytochemicals in berries may help lower high blood pressure, reduce joint inflammation, and promote healthy functioning of the liver.
Raspberries, like other berries, may also help us prevent and fight cancer, reduce the risk of heart and lung disease, boost memory, slow brain decline, and improve sleep.
Some Fun Facts
Here are some fun facts about raspberries.
- Raspberries come in four colors: red, black, gold and purple.
- Somewhat surprisingly, raspberries belong to the rose family.
- Each raspberry is made up of around 100 individual tiny fruits that are called drupelets, each containing a seed.
- Raspberry ketone, the aroma compound of red raspberries, is used in perfumes, cosmetics, and foods. It can cost as much as $20,000 per kilogram!
- Russia, the United States, and Poland are the world’s biggest producers of raspberries.
The best way to celebrate this little fruit with big health benefits is to whip up a yummy, dairy-free rendition of Raspberries ‘N Cream.
This recipe is so simple and refreshing!