(raspberries, plural) is an edible fruit which comes from a
number of different plant species from the genus
Rubus. Many people
think that raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and
cranberries may all be the same, but in reality, they are
very different organisms. The name originally came from the
European species of raspberry, the
Rubus idaeus, which means red
fruit. But this name is still used for that species and it is
the common English name given to all the other species today.
made up of around 100 drupelets, which consist of a juicy pulp
and a single tiny seed in the center. Raspberries are not only found with red fruits. There have
also been black raspberries found growing naturally in the wild,
such as Vermont. Raspberries that seem to have no color at all
have also been found. These are called golden or yellow
raspberries and on a rare occasion orange raspberries. These are
most commonly found in the eastern United States and appear to
be albino like due to the expression of recessive genes.
Raspberries are grown for the fresh fruit market and for commercial processing, which they can then be made into such goods as juice, puree, or as dried fruit used in many cereals and other grocery goods.