Food for Thought
’Tis the season to stock up on juicy, ripe raspberries. These ephemeral delicacies are hard to resist, especially since they are teeming with healthy nutrients.
Health Benefits. Raspberries are rich in folate, vitamin C, iron and potassium. The fruit also contains soluble fiber pectin, which may help control cholesterol levels, while the seeds provide a lot of insoluble fiber. Raspberries are a good source of cancer-fighting antioxidants, especially ellagic acid.
Selecting the Best Fruit. Always buy raspberries just before you intend to eat them. Wash the fruit right before use. At home, check the cartons of berries and remove any that appear moldy.Storage. You can leave the unwashed berries in the original container or store them in a shallow container lined with paper towels and covered with plastic wrap. Because raspberries spoil quickly, it is best to eat the fruit within 1–3 days. Raspberries can also be frozen (see “How to Freeze Fresh Berries”).