Monthly Archives: January 2023

The mystery of berries’ flavor and smell in the universe has been discovered by scientists. Ethyl formate, which gives raspberries their flavor and smells of rum, has recently been found in deep space. Ethyl formate is formed when an alcohol reacts with formic acid. In nature, formic acid is found in certain ants and naturally occurring components of the atmosphere due primarily to forest emissions. Raspberries can be found in five contingents.

Raspberry derives its name from raspise, “a sweet rose-colored wine” in the mid-15 century. The most common raspberry species are Rubus idaeus var. idaeus (European raspberry) and Rubus idaeus var. strigosus (North American red raspberry). A close relative of the raspberry plant Rubus rosifolius is native plant to open forest of the Himalayas, East Asia including in highland along Indonesia (local name ucen-ucen), eastern Australia, and also can be found in South Africa.

The difference between raspberry and blackberry relatives is when picking a raspberry fruit, the torus or receptacle or stem remains on the plant, leaving a hollow core; while a blackberry fruit, the torus stays with the fruit. The Rubus fruit, sometimes called a bramble fruit, is an aggregate or drupelet, one berry or fruit made of many smaller fruits.

Rubus idaeus are perennials, which bear biennial stems or canes from a perennial root system. In its first year, a primocane or new unbranched stem grows vigorously with no flowers. In its second year, a floricane or side branch shoots grow with smaller leaves, three or five leaflets, and it will produce flowers and fruits.

These super fruit raspberries have a wonderful intense, awesome taste, and many consider them to be the finest flavored of all the berries. An 80 g or 2 handfuls serving of raspberries provides: 20 kcals or 87 KJ, 1 g protein, 2 g fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 136 mg potassium, 26 mcg folate, and 26 mg vitamin C.

The top 5 health benefits of raspberries: May improve blood sugar management with low glycaemic index and high fiber content. May have colon, prostate, breast, and liver cancer protective properties as proved by the animal studies. May alleviate arthritis as loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds such as anthocyanins. May reduce signs of aging because being rich in protective plant compounds called polyphenols and vitamin C. May protect against metabolic syndrome (diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity).

As raspberries contain natural chemicals called salicylates, some people who are sensitive to these compounds may experience an allergic reaction, such as skin rash or swelling. Please consult your medical doctor if you are concerned about fruit allergies.

Permission is needed to reproduce the photo.

-Bintoro Gunadi