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Raspberry: the main berry of the season

Raspberry is a perennial shrub that bears fruit in July-August. It is at this time that the plant gives us red, burgundy, pink or yellow fruits that have a unique aroma and exquisite taste. From ancient times raspberries are widely used in cooking, folk medicine and cosmetology. We offer to study in detail the unique properties and caloric content of raspberry, its effects on the body, as well as a delicious recipe.


Composition and caloric content of raspberry


The biochemical composition of fresh raspberries includes some vital compounds:

  • carbohydrates (di and monosaccharides);
  • organic acids (tartaric, caproic, malic, salicylic, formic, citric);
  • anthocyanins;
  • dietary fibre;
  • water;
  • ash elements;
  • essential oils;
  • tannins;
  • unsaturated fatty acids;
  • flavonoids;
  • alcohols, ketones.


The caloric content of fresh raspberries is 46 kcal (192.6 kJ) per 100 g of product.


The product is rich in iron, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, fluorine, sodium, chlorine, molybdenum, magnesium, boron, potassium, sulfur, cobalt, zinc, copper.


What are the benefits for the body?

Decoctions prepared using herb raw materials (fresh or dried leaves, berries, flowers, branches, roots) are used in the presence of any wound surfaces (burns, wounds, cuts, other injuries), acne, damage to the mucous membrane inside the mouth, dental diseases. They are used to treat ophthalmic diseases, haemorrhoids, rheumatism. Aqueous decoctions are used in the form of lotions, compresses, drops, douches.


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Infusion based on the flowers of the plant is effective as an antidote for bites of scorpions, snakes.


Decoctions, tinctures, teas based on raspberries in the fight against the symptoms of cold infectious diseases (laryngitis, influenza, pharyngitis, sore throat, bronchitis, SARS) are characterized by high preventive and curative effectiveness.


Usage

Raspberry itself is a very fragrant sweet berry, a favourite of many. Therefore, it is often eaten fresh. You can freeze it and use later. Desserts are decorated with fresh, thawed or dried berries and added to cocktails. Raspberries are used to make jams, jellies, juices, tinctures and liqueurs.


Berries go well with milk, cream, cheese. It can be eaten with other fruits and berries, ice cream and pastries. Sauces made from raspberries are great for meat and poultry dishes. The most popular is the fresh raspberries with whipped cream. In this form, it is part of milkshakes and desserts.


Raspberry jam recipe called “Five minutes”


Ingredients for making raspberry jam according to the recipe:

  • fresh raspberries – 1 kilogram;
  • granulated sugar – 0.5 kilograms.


Preparation

  1. Sort raspberries, cleaning it from debris, insects, sepals and bad berries. If the raspberry is from your garden and you are sure that it is clean, you can not wash it. But if it is dirty and you do not know where it grew, it is better to rinse it with water in a colander, gently dipping several times in cold water.
  2. Layout raspberries and sugar in an enamel dish, alternating layer of berries and a layer of sugar.
  3. Leave the raspberries on the table for 5 hours until the berries release the juice.
  4. Put the pan on low heat and wait for it to boil.
  5. Once the sugar has melted and the jam has boiled, simmer for 5 minutes and simmer over low heat during this time, gently removing the foam with a spoon. Then, take the raspberry jam off the heat.
  6. Pour raspberry jam while hot in dry jars and close the lids.
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