Raspberries actually consist of a collection of tiny fruits, each with its own seed covered in red skin and flesh, which form a helmet-shaped cluster around a small stem. When harvested the cluster comes away from the stem leaving a hollow in the centre.
Raspberries originated from a wild red berry that is native of Europe, Scandinavia and northeast Asia. They are a member of the rose family.
Raspberries have a high content of Vitamin C (supports immune system and collagen and is a potent antioxidant).
The large number of seeds found in raspberries are responsible for their high dietary fibre content which includes lignin, a form of insoluble fibre that is helpful in treating constipation.
Raspberry leaf tea which is now widely available, is a great pregnancy tea used in the third trimester. It helps strengthen the uterus and supports optimum hormonal patterns during pregnancy.
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