Did you know raspberries improve brain function? Did you know that the average-sized raspberry could have 50 seeds?
Raspberries are considered a super food. You know, one of those foods that’s so packed full of antioxidants and other goodness that you’re silly not to eat it often.
I try to keep a bag of frozen berries in the fridge at all times. Frozen berries are an easy way to add color (nutrition) to my breakfast and to fight off those afternoon urges to snack on chips and dip.
A few other raspberry facts you might not know:
- Eating raspberries could increase good cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
- Raspberries might make you live longer.
- When growing raspberries, “[they] prefer full sunlight and grow best in well-drained, sandy loam soils rich in organic matter,” according to the University of Maine.
- Wikipedia lists over 50 different types of raspberry.
- At one time, raspberries made the Environmental Work Group’s Dirty Dozen — a list of filthy produce that you shouldn’t buy unless you buy the organic variety. While raspberries are no longer on the list, the EWG still recommends you buy organic raspberries if your budget allows.
- Some claim there is a raspberry patch in New York’s Central Park (see the comments in this NYT article.)
- In order to make raspberry sauce taste sweet, you must add sugar (or other sweetener). A raspberry is one tart fruit.
This last fact brings me to my recipe for today, which you can find over at The Daily Basics. Go, don’t delay. Now’s the time to read about how September makes me want to cook up raspberry sauce.