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Medicinal Properties &Uses: Red Raspberry is a medicinal herb considered helpful in the treatment of frequent or excessive menstruation and other menstrual disorders. It is often used to ease labor and delivery, as well as to calm morning sickness and prevent miscarriage. Red Raspberry contains one of the highest number of volatile compounds of the more commonly eaten fruits. It contains benzaldehyde, ethyl acetate, limonene, and 2-phenylethanol, as well as a crystallizable fruit-sugar, a fragrant volatile oil, pectin, citric and malic acids, and mineral salts. It's leaves are high in tannins which gives it astringent qualities, niacin, manganese, and vitamin C. Due to the high manganese content, it is effective in glucose regulation. Red Raspberry is an effective treatment for diarrhea, nausea, colds, and flu. A decoction of Red Raspberry tea is used as a gargle for sore throats. It can also be used as a mouthwash for bleeding gums and cankers of the mouth. Red Raspberry is most well known for it's use during pregnancy to help alleviate the pain of labor and delivery. Due to its oxytocic properties, it can relax and tone uterine muscles. For thousands of years, midwives and Chinese herbalists have used Red Raspberry effectively. It has also demonstrated antigonadotropic activity, and may normalize blood sugar levels. Red Raspberry is thought to be antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, daiphoretic, diuretic, antiseptic, and choleretic.
From The Berry Patch
FACTS AND FOLKLORE
One serving of red raspberries (about 1 cup) provides:
- 40% of your Daily Value Vitamin C.
- 10% of Daily Value Folic Acid (proven to prevent birth defects)
- Fat Free, Sodium Free, and Cholesterol Free
- 8 Grams or 32% of your Daily Value Fiber
According to legend, raspberries were originally white. The nymph, Ida, pricked her finger while picking berries for the crying infant, Jupiter, and raspberries have since been tinged red with her blood.
The botanical name of the raspberry is Rubus Idaeus: Rubus means 'red' and Idaeus means 'belonging to Ida'.
Raspberries are now available in golden, black, or purple varieties.
It is not necessary to wash raspberries, but if you wish to do so, wash only prior to eating as they are very fragile. Store in refrigerator for only 1-2 days.
From Your Produce Man
According to legend, raspberries were originally white. However, the nymph Ida pricked her finger while picking berries for the crying infant Jupiter, and raspberries have since been tinged red with her blood.
They are members of the Rosaceae family. That's right. The rose family. Rubus is one of the most diverse genus of angiosperms in the world, consisting of 12 subgenera, some with hundreds of species. The Red Raspberry is native to Asia Minor and North America. Most food anthropologists believe the Red Raspberry originated near what we call Mt. Ida, in the Caucasus Mountains of southern China. The people of Troy and the foothills of Mt. Ida, around the time of Christ, gathered these tiny Red Raspberries. Records of domestication were found in 4th century writings of Palladius, a Roman agriculturist, and seeds have been discovered at Roman forts in Britain; hence, the Romans probably spread cultivation throughout Europe. The British popularized and improved raspberries throughout the middle ages, and exported the plants to New York by 1771.
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