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.
Grow raspberries by planting them in full sun, maintaining the soil at the right pH, preparing the soil with compost, watering the plants regularly, mulching the plants and pruning the plants. You need raspberry plants, compost, mulch, water and pruning shears.
You should plant raspberries in late winter or early spring. Depending on the variety of raspberries, the bush produces either one or two crops per year.
The little hairs on raspberries are left over from the plant's flower. The pistils, the female reproductive part of a plant, become the little hairs on the raspberry fruit. The hairs may have an added benefit of protecting the fruit against insect damage.
Raspberries keep well when frozen, but consumers must make sure to purchase ones that are ripe, have a good color and are not mushy. Before freezing the berries, consumers should remove any discolored or bad ones and wash them in a colander with cold water, making sure they're dry before freezing.
To make a simple raspberry sauce, add 2 pints of raspberries and 1/4 cup of sugar to a saucepan, heat the mixture for about 10 minutes or until the raspberries cook through. Remove the pan from the heat, and strain the sauce through a sieve to remove the seeds.
Grow bare-root plants in well-drained soil, avoiding clay, and keep the soil moist for the first year of growth. Newly planted bare-root trees require about 1 inch of water per week.
To make red raspberry tea, buy dried leaves or a tea blend that contains red raspberry leaves. Steep the tea in boiling water for approximately 10 minutes, and serve it warm or cold. Drink the tea unsweetened or sweeten it to taste if desired.
Make a simple raspberry puree by combining 12 ounces of fresh raspberries, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Cook the mixture over high heat until it boils. Reduce the heat to medium, and let the mixture cook until the berries fall apart and the puree is thickened. Use a ble
Raspberry bushes should be planted in early spring, although late winter may be a suitable time in warmer climates. Bare-root plants can be placed in the soil four to six weeks before the last frost. Plants that are started indoors should be transported once the danger of frost has past.