Raspberries are an aggregate fruit of individual drupelets that are held together by very fine, nearly invisible hairs. They have a hollow core and are conical with an overall rounded shape. The hollow core is created when the Raspberry is separated from its growing receptacle. Their flavor can range from sweet-tart to low acid and jam-like depending on growing region and variety.
Raspberries are native to the Fertile Crescent in eastern Europe, specifically modern day Turkey. There are also Raspberry bushes that have origins within the New World of North America that were probably transported by early travelers and migrating animals crossing the Bering Strait. The first recorded mention of Raspberries was found in an English book based on herbal medicine published in 1548. Currently, the leading major producers of Raspberries include Poland, Germany, Yugoslavia, Russia, Chile and the United States. They are a globally important commercial fruit crop and are cultivated in temperate regions, thriving in non-tropical, cool climates.
Raspberries are available year-round, with peak season in the summer.