I’ve always associated the freshness of berries and citrus fruits with summer. If you’ve never experienced the pleasure of picking fresh berries right from the vine, it is definitely something that you should try out.
Raspberries in particular have a uniquely tart flavor, great colors and a wonderful texture. Aside from the naturally sweet flavors of raspberries, they also provide a lot of health benefits.
Raspberries are rich in vitamins B2, B3 and C. They are an excellent source of manganese, dietary fibers, folate, potassium and omega 3 fatty acids.
Ellagic acid is another component of raspberries which helps prevent cell damage. It also assists in preventing the risks of certain cancers while neutralizing the free radicals in the body. The potent antioxidant content of raspberries help boost the immune system. The other health benefits of raspberries include lowering the cholesterol level, preventing macular degeneration and providing antimicrobial protection.
Raspberries are best consumed fresh, although freezing, cooking and processing does not deteriorate the fruits’ numerous health benefits.