Raspberries, with their delicate nature and succulent sweet taste, herald the summer season. And as you wait for them to arrive in your local market and grocery store, it’s fun to consider all of the wonderful raspberry dessert recipes you can make with your bounty. Whether you pick your own or stock up during the warm weather so you can bake all year long, raspberry recipes can skew sweet or savory—but they’re always a crowd-pleaser. Check out this gallery of the best raspberry recipes ever and then read on for all you need to know about this amazing fruit.
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Are raspberries good for you?
Raspberries are a nutritional powerhouse as they’re a good source of fiber as well as vitamins A and C. Raspberries also contain manganese and potassium and a cup of these ruby-red orbs are just 64 calories. You can feel good about eating them atop your cold cereal or oatmeal and when you make raspberry recipes, like quick breads, muffins and parfaits.
How many carbs are in raspberries?
A half cup of raspberries contains 7.5 carbs. Berries in general are smart low-carb picks, so if you’re striving to follow a keto diet, adding raspberries to the menu is definitely allowed. Other low-carb berries include strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Or try other fruits in this low-carb category such as watermelon, cantaloupe and grapefruit.
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When are raspberries in season?
Finding raspberries in your area depends, of course, on the season and where you live. For those folks in warmer climates in the south, local raspberries are more plentiful at various times of the year. But if you live in the north, peak raspberry season occurs in July and August.
How to store raspberries
Raspberries do best in the front of your refrigerator where it’s not as cold (in the back, your tender berries could become frosty). The right temperature in the fridge for raspberries is at or below 41 degrees F and they’ll keep best stored in a plastic container with holes for circulation.
How to wash raspberries
Raspberries are easy to prepare before you eat them as they simply require a quick rinse under plain running water (no soap is needed). It’s best to keep your berries dry until you plan to eat them and then wash them before serving or using in your sweet or savory raspberry recipes.
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How long are raspberries good in the fridge?
The storage life of fresh raspberries isn’t terribly long, alas. You’ll need to plan carefully with this fruit and use it quickly in your recipes as these berries last about a day or two in the refrigerator. To extend this timeframe, you could freeze raspberries. Wash them well, pat them dry and then arrange them individually, without touching, on a sheet pan. Pop this tray into the freezer and freeze the berries, and then put the frozen berries into a large plastic bag.
How to keep raspberries fresh
Don’t wash berries and then put them back in the fridge as this will promote the growth of mold and cause your fruit to deteriorate quickly. Dry berries can last for a day or two in the fridge in a breathable container in the front section of this appliance (not in the back or crisper drawer).
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Best Raspberry Recipes
While most of us love eating raspberries fresh, they also add incredible flavor to your sweet or savory dishes. Baking or roasting raspberries is especially great if they are a little too tart because it sweetens them right up.