Plants and Health

Raspberry: benefits and virtues


The raspberry bush or rubus idaeus is a suckering and bushy shrub that produces raspberries, a fruit full of health benefits and virtues.

Its branches can reach 2 m high. The raspberry grows wild on the edge of the forest (its etymology comes from the contraction of "wild strawberry") but also in the mountainous areas of Europe.

  • Gardening: how to grow raspberries well
  • Cooking: raspberry-based recipes

Raspberries: for the record

Both soft and fleshy, raspberries are also very fragrant and delight gourmets for dessert, jam, raspberry jelly and other coulis.

On the medical plan, the raspberry was once very coveted. It has been cultivated since the end of the Middle Ages.

The raspberry grows wild in many regions, but it was thanks to the arrival of recurrent raspberries that the crop developed in the 1950s.

Raspberries and their health benefits

  • With the raspberry leaves, do you make a tisane diuretic and very pleasantly scented (60 g of leaves per liter of water).
  • Raspberry leaves are also astringent, they are very effective in case of intestinal problems, against diarrhea in particular.
  • In external use, raspberry leaves are particularly effective: as a gargle if you have sore throat, in mouthwashes if you suffer canker sores, in lotion on ulcers and in application on irritated eyes.
  • Raspberry leaves tone the uterus. They are used in herbal tea (mixed with lady's mantle, lemon balm, nettle, millefeuille and St. John's Wort in equal amounts) to prepare for labor by increasing the strength of the contractions.
  • Raspberry is a delicious, refreshing, diuretic and laxative fruit. Very low in sucrose, it is not prohibited for diabetics.
  • Raspberries contain folic acid (vitamin B9) : it is therefore recommended for pregnant women at the start of pregnancy. It is also said to be able to help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Internal use:

Infusion of raspberry leaves: 40 to 50 grams of leaves per liter of water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Consume 3 or 4 cups per day. Against diarrhea or before childbirth (drink from the 7th month of pregnancy).

Raspberry syrup : cook the same weight of sugar and fruit juice until desired consistency. This syrup refreshes enormously in case of feverish illness, it is also diuretic.

Raspberry vinegar: Exquisite, it is prepared by covering the fruits, confined in a jar, with white vinegar (about 1 liter of vinegar for 1.5 kg of fruit). Leave to macerate for 10 days, filter. You can sweeten this syrup with sugar or honey. If you want a household raspberry liqueur, swap the vinegar for white brandy.

  • External use: all the above preparations, infusion of leaves, syrup, vinegar or raspberry vinegar syrup are effective in gargles against tonsillitis.

Growing raspberries for its benefits

The raspberry appreciates partial shade or light sun (north of the Loire) as well as slightly acidic, fairly humus-bearing, well-draining soils, neither too dry in summer nor too waterlogged in winter.

  1. Gardening: how to grow raspberries well

Tip:

You should plant your raspberries in hedges along a fence. They will have a protective role thanks to their thorns and will be alluring also, thanks to their fruits.

The raspberry in a pot?

Better not to get into growing raspberries in pots. It would be too laborious, the raspberry suckers a lot ...

Beware of little animals!

Gray rot : causes whitish spots on the fruits.

The raspberry worm : a beetle 3 mm long which lays in the flowers. Its larvae, identical to small white grubs, develop in the fruits.

Old plants: can be attacked by bacteria that cause a canker (ulceration) on the roots. No treatment possible, you will have to tear off the foot ...

- For the rest… Powdery mildew, aphids, dryness, spots also attack raspberries.

Raspberries in the kitchen for its benefits

Plain or with sugar, raspberries are eaten raw; in juice, coulis, pastries, sorbets, jams or to flavor vinegar. With raspberries, we also make liqueurs and eaux-de-vie.

  1. Cooking: raspberry-based recipes

Nutritional benefits of raspberries:

38 kcal / 100 g. Raspberries contain vitamin C (25 mg / 100 g).

It is very rich in mineral elements : iron (with 0.7 mg / 100 g, it is one of the fruits richest in iron), calcium, magnesium.

Raspberries are also rich in fibers, it regulates the intestinal transit.

Raspberry leaves are astringent, tonics, depurative and diuretics.

The organic acids contained in raspberries contribute to rebalance blood pH after a sporting effort.

Gourmet ideas:

Looking for a refreshing variation of tiramisu? Dare the raspberry tiramisu! And for a light and original dessert, there are raspberry clouds, made with small Swiss, egg whites, sugar and raspberries of course!

To find: our delicious raspberry-based recipes

Blandine Merlin

Video: 15 Proven Health Benefits of Raspberries (October 2020).