Oregon’s red raspberries are known for their radiant red color and powerfully good flavor.
The Willamette and Meeker varieties are predominant among the commercial varieties grown in Oregon where a majority of the crop is processed as individually quick frozen raspberries, frozen raspberry puree, or frozen raspberry juice concentrate. Raspberries are distinguished from the blackberry and other dewberries in the same genus in that the fruit separates from the receptacle producing a hollow core. The fruit is medium to bright red depending on the variety, medium-sized (3.0 g) and moderately tart with small seeds. Red raspberries are well-suited for commercial or home freezing, as well as jams and jellies, with a small percentage of the crop destined for fresh markets locally and worldwide.
The Red Raspberry
- Willamette and Meeker are predominant among the top 5 commercial varieties grown in Oregon.
- The leading caneberry for flavor recognition and commercial usage.
- Fresh season is typically June 14 – July 20
- Common names: European red raspberry, Raspberry, Red raspberry, Framboise [French], Framboisier [French], Himbeere [German], Razuberi [Japanese], Ezo-ichigo [Japanese], Framboeseira [Portuguese], Chordón [Spanish], Frambueso [Spanish],Red Raspberries
- Contain high amount of polyphenolic compounds known for their anticancer properties.
- Contain strong antioxidants that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and age-related mental decline.
- Have high ORAC levels – ORAC measures the antioxidant levels of a substance. Red Raspberry ORAC levels at 24 μmole/TE/g, equal to blueberries which are known for their high antioxidant levels.
- Shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits, resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.
- Seed oil is creating interest in the cosmeceutical (skin care products which provide health benefits) market. Oil from raspberry seeds is rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 25-50.
- Red raspberry ketones are currently being used in Japan as a weight loss supplement in a pill form and as an external patch.