Sunday, June 11, 2006

Raspberry Juice

Raspberries
Raspberrys belong to the genus Rubus, a part of the rose family.Red Raspberry is believed to be native to Europe, but it’s widely cultivated in North America, Britain, Scandinavia and Scotland.The raspberry is a compound fruit composed of many small fruits. The skin of the fruit is smooth and fragile and is red-pink, dark purple,orange or yellow in color. The core of the fruit is hollow, distinguishing raspberries from blackberries also known as “aggregate fruits” since they are a compendium of smaller seed-containing fruits, called drupelets, that are arranged around a hollow Central cavity. Their shape conveys to them a very delicate, almost “melt in your mouth” texture. They are fragrantly sweet with a subtly tart overtone.

Uses:
Healthful properties in the leaves,root and bark are so valuable,is known as the "Woman's Herb". Species Rubus idaeus,fam:Rosacaea, raspberry is a relative of the rose, famous for vitamin C in the rose hipp.These leaves (and fruit) are rich in citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid,citrate,malate and tartarate of iron, potassium and calcium, calcium & potassium chloride, sulphate and phosphate, pectin, fragrine (an alkaloid that tones the tissues), a volatile oil,vitamins A, B, C, E, and fructose. The action is astringent, tonic, refrigerant, parturient, hemostatic,anti-septic, anti-abortient, anti-gonorrheal, anti-leucorrheal and anti-malarial. see here for more on cure zone.
Alma Hutchens (Indian erbology) says raspberry leaf tea "can be taken freely before, during and after confinement, rendering parturition less laborious." Regular drinking throughout pregnancy strengthens and tones tissues, helping contractions and checks hemorrhage during labour. A perfectly safe drink (unlike black tea or coffee which contain caffeine) raspberry tea also enriches milk and helps prevent miscarriage.
Raspberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and are a source of soluble fibers. In addition, they contain ellagic acid, a potential cancer-fighting agent.

Storage:
When selecting raspberries, look for deep-colored, plump and juicy berries that are fragrant, without the cores attached. A core means the raspberries were picked too early and the berry will be sour. Avoid berries that have bruises, are soft and mushy, have black spots or mold. It is also important to check the bottom of the container to make sure there are no red stains or squashed fruit. Since raspberries soften quickly and are delicate, they should be used right away after picking or purchase. stored on a paper towel placed in a airy box. Do not soak the berries, as their hollow core fills with water and makes the berry less flavorful. Fresh raspberries are available in mid- summer through early fall. Adding a bit of lemon juice to the raspberries will help to preserve their color.More read from
Joy of baking.
See here to knowmoreand at Indianadoc about this lovely colorful fruit.
Raspberries

Medicinal Uses:
Raspberry Leaf Tea is valuable during parturition. It should be taken freely - warm.,prescribed by herbalists, naturopaths and maternity caregivers for a variety of reasons in many forms, doses and concentrations .

Nutrional facts:
An excellent source of Vitamin A,B1, C and are a source of soluble fibers.
Contain potential anti-cancer agent ellagic acid.
Are a high source of soluble fibers and may lower high blood cholesterol.
No fat, sodium, or cholesterol.

Ingredients for Raspberry Juice:
Raspberry - I used Drisscolls brand fresh fruits.
Sugar - 2tspn
Ice water or Ice Cubes - 2cups
Mint leaves for garnishing.

Method:
Wash Raspberries gently and blend in a blender to fine puree by adding ice cubes or ice water and strain to remove seeds through a fine sieve into a pitcher by pressing with fingure on puree in circular movement with finger on solids in strainer to extract as much liquid as possible.Mix Sugar and stir until it dissolves and refrigerate until ready to serve.Garnish each glass with a fresh Raspberry and Mint leaves.

Raspberry Lemonade:
Add a 2 tspn of lemon juice to Raspberry juice to make this into a "Raspberry Lemonade".

Raspberry Milkshake:
Puree Raspberries alone in blender and strain it to discard seeds and add milk and sugar and whip it in the blender ,serve chill.

Raspberry Smoothie:
To a blender container,add home made yoghurt/curd, raspberries puree,sugar cover and puree until nearly smooth.Serve chill .

Raspberrie Juice topped with Mint leaves and Raspberry fruit

99 comments:

Nabeela said...

that looks good...i use blue berries and black berries a lot in my smoothies too...don't they add good flavor to it?!!

Sumitha said...

Wow the juice looks delicious Vineela and nice photos too!Thanks for all the info

Krithika said...

Excellent post!! Thank you so much for all the info and recipes

Ashwini said...

I usually make smoothie with raspberries but the juice looks great. Nice photos Vineela

shilpa said...

Ooooooo the fruit as well as the juice looks heavenly. I will look for this fruit here :).

sudhav said...

vineela, raspberry is new to me..i think i will now give it a try..lovely pictures..

archana said...

Nice, very colorful post Vineela. Thanks alot for giving a bunch of ideas for the upcoming raspberry season

Latha said...

Hi Vineela,

Lovely Pictures. Your juice looks delicious!

Cheers
Latha

Shankari said...

berries look real fresh, what a nice drink to have this summer

Linda said...

Hi Vineela, the berries and juice look beautiful *and* tasty!

indosungod said...

The raspberry smoothie you have there is wonderful, cool for the heat. I never had an idea Women's Herbical qualities of raspberries

Inji Pennu said...

berry berry interesting! had no clue about this berry!

Revathi said...

Hi Vineela
Tagged you for a meme.
http://en-ulagam.blogspot.com/2006/06/10-things-i-miss-of-moms-cooking.html

Cheers
Revathi

Puspha said...

Beautiful!!! I like raspberries though they culd b sour. Love them in ice-creams, raspberry riple ice-cream.

santhi said...

AWESOME LOOKING pics Vineela..
Fantastic job..
Yet to read the recipe. :):)

Nila said...

raspberry photos are amazing. I am definitely going to try the lemonade. Your Palmiers and ridge gourd bajjis are a must try too. Purslane leaves looks like "Ahatthi keerai" in Tamilnadu. But it has red flowers though.

spicehut said...

Hi Vineela !

I have tagged you for a meme...check out my blog. Hope you play. Looking forward to your list of 10 foods you miss most !

-Sonali

Vaishali said...

A great post there, Vineela. Btw, have you hired a stenographer for yourself? Or else how can you manage to write so much?
And hey, is that one of your sarees beneath the raspberries in the first photograph?

indianadoc said...

You too...!!when sudhav told me I came to know that you are also fond of raspberry...Good snaps!

Vineela said...

Hi Nabeela ,Sumitha,Krithika thanks for your comments
Ashwini - i do make smoothie it tastes good too .thank you.
Shilpa ,Sudha- Try and let me know how you liked it.thank you.
Archana - THank you.
Latha ,Shankari,Linda - Thank you
ISN - I searched in google about Raspberry and i wonder how useful it is.
LG,pushpa - THANK YOU.i do like raspberry icecream.
Revathi,Santhi - Thank you.
Vaishali - Thank you for your kind words.
Spicehut - Thank you .
Indianadoc - Thank you.
Nila - thank s that you liked and hope to see your palmiers soon.
Let me know how you liked it if you prepare ridgegourd bajji.

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