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Wild Raspberries | by Lynnette Henderson
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Wild Raspberries

Wild black, red and yellow raspberries, foraged on our property.


Raspberries are believed to be native to Asia. The Romans were growing them by the 4th century BC, and spread them throughout Europe. The British brought them to America when they settled the New World. Black Raspberries were already found growing on the eastern seaboard of America by settlers.


Raspberries rank near the top of all fruits for antioxidant strength, particularly due to their dense contents of ellagic acid (from ellagotannins), quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. Yellow raspberries and others with pale-colored fruits are lower in anthocyanins.


Due to their rich contents of antioxidant vitamin C and the polyphenols mentioned above, raspberries have an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 4900 per 100 grams, including them among the top-ranked ORAC fruits. Cranberries and wild blueberries have around 9000 ORAC units and apples average 2800.[8]


Here is an example what I do with them:

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Taken on July 8, 2009