Fresh Pick Friday – Raspberries

Well, it’s happened.  The leaves on the trees have started to change colour.  I have mixed feelings about this time of year.  On the one hand, I do love the crispness in the morning and evening air, but I also know that once fall passes the rains will come.  And the grey.

The good news is that summer is not over just yet.  There is still time to enjoy what the season has to offer.  With that in mind, this week’s Fresh Pick is raspberries.

Raspberries

According to the BC Raspberry Industry Development Council, the Fraser Valley produces over 10 million kilograms of raspberries each year.  That adds up to more than 80% of all of Canada’s raspberries.

Season
The raspberry season in BC is typically from July to mid September.  Like other berries, raspberries do not hold up well in long-term storage unless they have been preserved by freezing or other methods.  I was fortunate to have a lot of raspberries produced from our plants this year and most of them ended up in our freezer.

Purchasing Raspberries
You can still find raspberries at some of BC’s farmer’s markets and many berry farms allow you to purchase direct. Krause Berry Farm in Langley has fall raspberries (and even some late season strawberries) available at their market. Raspberries are quite delicate, so look for berries that are plump and brightly coloured.  Although there is nothing wrong with the squished ones either – they still make a great tasting pie!

How to Store Raspberries
Raspberries don’t last long once picked, only a couple of days when stored properly.  They should be refrigerated as soon as possible.  Avoid washing them until just before use.

What to Make with Raspberries
My favorite way to enjoy raspberries is on their own, but they also make a great addition to granola and milk.  Of course, raspberry jam is always a classic.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy raspberries?

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