We have closed the PYO for the 2016 season. Hope you were able to come out and enjoy our harvest.
Another great use for fresh or frozen berries is homemade juice, boil the berries, strain add sugar to taste and you have a vitamin rich tasty summer drink!!
Sweet, juicy raspberries fresh off the vine have an unsurpassed flavor. This relative of the rose family grows in a temperate climate. Traditionally a mid-summer crop, new varieties called “everbearing” have lengthened the harvest season into September. Here are some interesting facts about raspberries:
- Each raspberry is composed of about 100 individual parts called drupelets. Each drupelet contains a single seed surrounded by juicy pulp.
- Raspberries do not continue to ripen once they are picked. Most varieties will easily separate from the receptacle (or core) when they are ready to be picked.
- Raspberries are good for you! They are high in vitamin C and fiber, and are a good source of iron and folate. Some studies have shown that ellagic acid, a natural substance found in raspberries, may help prevent cancer. Sweet but low calorie, raspberries total about 60 calories in a one-cup portion.
- These berries are expensive in the supermarket because they are soft and fragile; they are not easy to ship because they bruise so easily. Come visit us at the farm and Pick Your Own!
For the best flavor, try to pick berries in the morning, before the heat of the day sets in. Do not use a deep container when picking because they will get crushed if packed more than three or four layers deep. Keep picked berries out of the sun, and chill them as soon as possible.
Raspberries are a tender crop with a limited shelf life even when refrigerated. For best flavor and texture, consume as soon as possible after picking or purchase. If you have more than you can eat in a day or two, raspberries are easy to freeze and store. Use within six to eight months for best results.