Raspberries are an aggregate fruit of individual drupelets that are held together by very fine, nearly invisible hairs. They have a hollow core and are conical with an overall rounded shape. The hollow core is created when the Raspberry is separated from its growing receptacle. Their flavor can range from sweet-tart to low acid and jam-like depending on growing region and variety.
Raspberries are available year-round, with peak season in the summer.
Raspberries are most often utilized in sweet applications, such as jams, jellies, desserts and other baked goods. Their tart and earthy flavor also works well in salads featuring blue cheese and spicy greens as well as other savory recipes. Combine the berries with ginger, sesame and a touch of soy for a glaze over salmon, duck or chicken. Barbecue sauces, marinades and homemade ketchup all benefit from a touch of Raspberry. Other complementary pairings include cocoa, exotic fruits, raisins, creamy and bloomy rind cheeses, honey, peaches, coconut, cinnamon, blueberries, cardamom and lavender.