Raspberries belong to the same family as the rose and the blackberry. These small fruits contain more vitamin C than oranges and are high in fibre, potassium, vitamin A and calcium. Raspberries are usually around 1.5-2cm long and are made up of a cluster of small fruits, each with their own seed, and covered in red skin and flesh. The cluster creates a helmet-shape around a stem, and once the fruit is harvested, the stem comes away, leaving a hollow area in the centre of the raspberry.
There are over 200 species of raspberries and they come in a range of colours including red, purple, gold and black. As opposed to many similar fruits, unripe raspberries stop ripening once they have been picked, so it is best to wait until they are fully ripe to start picking them. Raspberries can be used in fruit salads, drinks, puddings and cakes, jelly or added as a nice touch to breakfast cereal. Raspberries are available from September to April but the best period is from December to February.
A range of stallholders at Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market sell raspberries, including Otherwood Farms and Cherryville Farm.