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Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus)

A soft juicy red fruit with a central hull and a sweet, slightly acidic flavour.
Raspberries grow wild in the cooler regions of Northern Europe - and in Britain, the Scottish climate suits them well. Cultivation was probably started by the Ancient Greeks.

Although the fruit is called a berry, it's technically an etaerio of druplets, in the style of a blackberry. This grows from a core called a receptacle. But unlike a blackberry, the etaerio comes away from the receptacle 'core' when picked.

Raspberries are a popular dessert, particularly when served with cream; but also make well-flavoured vinegar.

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