Do you and your children enjoy the fresh red raspberries summer brings? We do AND enjoy picking our own – in our back yard! This is the time of the year that we bring a plastic dish outside and the youngest tends to hold it. The first time I picked with our oldest (thinking maybe he was 2?), he ate the berries as I picked them! We got our berry bush start from my father. You see, red raspberry bushes grow like weeds – there is always a start one can share.
Berry safety: We have taught our boys never to pick a berry without asking us for permission. The berries are tempting, but this teaches the kids that not all berries are edible!
Raspberry bush facts: If you are able to come across a start, plant it in full sun. We grow everbearing berries – they produce fruit mid-June and in September. We trim back the bush by cutting out the old branches late in the fall. Yes, the bush spreads like a weed, so when I tame it (pulling out the new growth) I am aware the more I pull, less berries we may have the following year. You see, the berries come about on the new growth.
How do I prepare my red raspberries? Wash the berries only before eating. They can keep in your refrigerator otherwise for a couple days. If you cannot finish your berries in time, freeze them! Enjoy fresh, in a pie, smoothie or with dark chocolate!
How to freeze berries: Wash berries, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. After frozen, pour the berries into a gallon bag, squeeze back to remove air and then seal. Enjoy with low fat Greek style yogurt or in a smoothie (or later in a homemade pie).
Are red raspberries nutritious? Did you know 1 cup of red raspberries provides up to 7 grams of dietary fiber?? Dietitians applaud this! Also, these berries give us a Vitamin C boost! Love these little berries!
Our berry bush section thrives in a spot of our flower garden. My Dad’s now takes up one side of his house. I think we all have a berry start from Dad – or did he get his from a sister?? No matter, if you know me, ask for a start. Otherwise, ask a gardening friend, they may have one! It is fun to pass on the gift of the berry bush!