Raspberries are the edible fruits produced by raspberry plants. Raspberry plants are a species of the genus Rubus of the large and varied Rose family.
Traditionally used in pies and tarts or enjoyed plain, raspberries have been a part of the American culinary landscape for centuries. Most people purchase commercially-grown raspberries from the produce section of their local supermarket or from nearby farm stands. Those who live close to commercial raspberry fields often have the option of picking their own berries for a reduced price, and those who know the location of wild berry patches can get theirs for free.
Raspberries traditionally ripen during the middle of summer. Some varieties bear a small amount of fruit in summer followed by a larger crop in the early fall.