Raspberries, named after a rose-colored wine, are an aggregate fruit. Their taste is sweet and tart, and they can appear red, purple, black, or golden. Bumpy to the touch, they’re made of tiny drupelets around a hollow receptacle.
Raspberries are sweetest when at a deep color. The fuzz on the surface is part of the berry. Don’t buy any that are too soft or moldy. They are highly perishable. Refrigerate them in a breathable container for up to three days. Freeze them and they will last much longer.
Wash gently and pat dry right before use. Raspberries are a delight to eat alone, fresh or frozen! Try them as a topping over cheesecake. They can also be made into a jam, pie, or smoothie.