The raspberry plant is a member of the genus Rubus, rose family (Rosaceae).  They are composed of many connecting drupelets (individual sections of fruit, each with its own seed) surrounding a central core.  Raspberries and blackberries make up the group of plants commonly called brambles. The crowns and roots of brambles are perennial; the thorned canes, or fruiting portions of the plants, however, are biennial, bearing in their second year and then dying.

There are more than 200 species of raspberries grown in the world, with red, black and golden varieties.  The first American colonists found both black raspberries, or "blackcaps," and red raspberries (the sweeter of the two) growing abundantly.  The golden raspberry is plump, fragile, hollow, and gold in color.

Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the centre of our galaxy. They failed to find evidence for amino acids, they did find a substance called ethyl formate, which smells like rum and is the chemical responsible for the flavour of raspberries. (2009)

Martin Van Buren, while campaigning for the presidency in 1840, was said by his opponents to "wallow in raspberries", a shocking extravagance.

According to legend, raspberries were originally white. The nymph Ida pricked her finger while picking berries for the crying infant Jupiter, and raspberries have since been tinged red with her blood.
(The botanical name of the raspberry is Rubus idaeus. Rubus means 'red', and idaeus means 'belonging to Ida').

There are 549 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name 'Raspberry'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)


FoodReference.com Logo

You are here > Home > FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS


Also see: Food Articles and Cooking Tips

FREE Magazines
and other Publications

An extensive selection of free magazines and other publications



Please feel free to link to any pages of FoodReference.com from your website.
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail: james@foodreference.com
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2024 James T. Ehler and www.FoodReference.com unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.  You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission.



Popular Pages

Food History Articles

Pleasures of the Table

World Cuisine

Recipe Index


From Amateur & Basic Cooking Classes to Professional Chef Training & Degrees



Home   |   Articles   |   FOOD TRIVIA   |   Today in Food History   |   Food Timeline   |   Recipes   |   Cooking_Tips   |   Food_Videos   |   Food Quotes   |   Who’s Who   |   Culinary Schools & Tours   |   Food_Trivia_Quizzes   |   Food Poems   |   Free_Magazines   |   Food Festivals & Events

FoodReference.com (since 1999)