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Raspberries are sweet, very soft berries. They can be white, yellow, orange or black, but the most common are, of course, red.
Botanically, a Raspberry is actually a bunch of fruits that have grown together. The next chance you get, take a half bite out of one, and then take a look at it: each bump on a Raspberry is actually a single fruit, each with its own seed.
When buying Raspberries, sniff out the ones that are fragrant. If a berry has a stem attached, that's a sign that it was picked too early and won't have developed its flavour. And don't look just at the top layers of fruit in the packages; do what you have to in order to see what state the bottom layers are in.
Two-thirds of the Raspberries in the UK are grown in Scotland, with production centring on Tayside.
Frozen Raspberries will thaw into moosh, so use for cooking or sauces. No need to thaw first before using.
1 cup fresh, small, unwashed raspberries = 125 g
1/2 pint raspberries = 1/2 punnet = 1 cup (2 1/2 oz in weight / 75g) of berries = 1/2 cup mashed
3 oz raspberries = 85g = 1/2 cup
1/2 cup frozen raspberries = 4 oz = 115g
2 x 1 dry pint containers of raspberries = 500 g / 1 lb = 4 cups whole, fresh = 425 to 500 ml (1 3/4 to 2 cups), crushed 
In fact, within one afternoon to the next, they can turn from little gems into mooshy and mouldy goo.
Once you get them home, remove any crushed berries as they will develop mould which will spread quickly. Don't wash before storing, as the damp will encourage mould.
Refrigerate and use within 2 days. If you need them to look totally perfect when you go to use them later, tip them out of their container and spread out in a single layer on a plate, cover with dry paper towel (to absorb excess moisture), then plastic wrap, and refrigerate. The single layer will prevent ones on top from squishing ones below them.
Freezing them is easy. Wash, spread them out on a plate or baking sheet, place in freezer until the berries are frozen solid, then tip into a freezer bag or container, and freeze for up to 12 months. This is called a "dry, unsweetened pack." With no sugar added before freezing, it leaves them completely flexible for whatever use you have for them in the future.
Black Raspberries were already found growing on the eastern seaboard of America by settlers.
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