Raspberries (or Ripe Raspberries to give them their correct name) are another old favourite made by Allens. They are a jelly confectionery shaped to resemble a raspberry but with a flat base. Popular both for eating and as an ingredient in home made rocky road or for decorating cakes, raspberries are never out of style.
You will get 25 raspberries in 100g and they contain glucose syrup, cane sugar, thickener, gelatine, food acid, flavour, colour. They are suitable for dairy and nut free dietary choices/constraints.
So popular are raspberries, that there is also milk chocolate or white chocolate coated raspberries on offer (mostly during winter when chocolate consumption is greater).
Some interesting facts about raspberries – the fruit not the lolly…..
- Raspberries belong to the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants, which houses some of the world’s most beloved fruits including apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, and strawberries. Almonds also belong to this diverse family of plants.
- In science terms, raspberries are referred to as “aggregate fruits.” Aggregate fruits are actually composed of many small individual fruits – those small individual fruits are the little juicy spheres that make up the structure of the raspberry.
- Scientists aren’t entirely sure about the origins of raspberries. Wild raspberries appear on at least five continents, and there is enormous species diversity for this fruit. Some arctic species of raspberry are native to Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and northern Asia; other species are native to eastern Asia and the Hawaiian islands; still others are native to Europe or to North America. In terms of their first cultivation, we have evidence dating back about 2,000 years in Europe, making raspberries one of the earliest berry crops.
- Raspberries are an excellent source of digestive health-promoting fibre as well as antioxidant-promoting manganese and vitamin C. They are a very good source of bone-building vitamin K and a good source of heart-healthy magnesium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, copper, vitamin E, and potassium
Makes you want to rush out and get some now doesn’t it!
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