Thursday, June 3, 2010



Frankly, we haven’t even seen a raspberry. Mummy says she has had it probably just about twice in her entire life till date! And here we are supposed to play TCT on Raspberry??
Berries are rare in this part of the world. We get to see just strawberries in the supermarkets, packed in fancy boxes and sold at a ridiculous price!
That too for just about a month in the whole year, when the hill stations and relatively colder (north and north-east) parts of our country produce them.

We didn’t even know there were many different colours of this fruit till we researched for our TCT today!

Courtesy: Google

But we did know about a number of benefits associated with this fruit.

1. Source of Anti-oxidants (50% higher antioxidant activity than strawberries) and vitamins that help build up immunity.
2. Anti-cancer properties
3. Prevents Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults
4. One of the few fruits which has very little impact on blood-sugar levels. So safe in diabetics.

We know Mummy hands out generous advice about benefits of healthy eating to her patients. But personally we believe it is much easier to pop one multi-vitamin and anti-oxidant pill daily!!!
Daddy says the world will anyway reach a stage when we will just pop a pill for everything!
Dog forbid!
Oh! We are diverting from the topic!

We found a few interesting facts about the history of raspberries we want to share with you.
a. Wild raspberries are thought to have originated in eastern Asia.
b. Early hunter-gatherers, travellers and their animals spread the seeds all over the world.
c. The first record of raspberries being cultivated is found in an English book on herbal medicine dated 1548.
d. Varieties such as the loganberry and boysenberry are thought to have emerged from accidental or intentional crossbreeding in Europe and Northern America.
e. Today, the largest producers of raspberries include Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Germany, Chile and the United States.

We tried our best to find ‘raspberry’ around us.
Please tell us you like what we found, **(wink)** because we are not very happy with what we could manage this time.
The first place was the refrigerator. The bread-box cover looked pretty much ‘raspberry’ to us but once photographed, it looks more pinkish :(

This container says ‘Blueberry and Raspberry’. But don’t you feel the artist (not at all a good one. Honestly, look at his drawings) has his colours all mixed up?

Mummy’s spectacle frame and Mummy’s hair-clutch are better examples, definitely.

Hint of Raspberry in this cushion in mummy’s cozy corner.

Raspberry in Mummy’s wardrobe. She loves this dress!

A raspberry candle in Mummy’s zen-garden. ..Sniff..sniff…lovely fragnance!

A transparent gel candle. Can it qualify as raspberry? we secretly think it doesn't really, but suspect Mummy photographed it because she loves it!

Raspberry flowers in this bed-cover.

And of course, we have to include Mummy’s library as usual. This dust-jacket was the closest to raspberry amongst ALL her books.

Then, there is this miniature 'Ginger' in a pretty raspberry frock, sitting beside a raspberry mug on Daddy’s table.

Oh! We almost forgot. A squeaky toy in our toy-basket in Raspberry.

This one is the best! This fixed-fruit jam claims to have some raspberry among other fruits.

(Ginger wasn't in the mood)

(Buddy, our Family clean-up guy, did the honours!)

We really hope you liked them all. And if you want to play along, please let 'BLUE' ,who is the host of this lovely meme, know,



Remington said...

Great color! Great post!

Anonymous said...

Oh, you all did a Most Marvelous job on raspberry, especially considering you hardly know what they look like!

I luvs meeting blogging furends from different parts of the world cuz I never ever imagined that berries would be so hard to come by where you are. AND I also learned some things I never knew about raspberries. Thank you, thank you!

Wiggles & Wags,

Priscilla said...

Raspberries are delicious fruits!

Maggie Mae said...

You has lots of raspberry things all over the place! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

little princess Luna~ said...

yay! for raspberry's--but boo! for pricey little box of raspberry's.
mum really liked that bed cover--she said it was cute~! :)
we love all the wonderful colours and pictures you guys post up on TCT~!!!!


Maggie and Mitch said...

yummmmm - the jam looks delicious! You guys did awesome with raspberry! Thank you for all of the interesting facts!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

scotsmad said...

You have more raspberry-coloured things around your house than we have around here! Well done.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Sierra Rose said...

Hey sweet pals!!! That was a great post!! We learned some things too :)
Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon friends.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Teddy Bear said...

We love raspberries. Thank you for sharing the fun facts too. And great job on finding so many raspberry things. And that treat at the end, makes all the hard work seem so worth it.:)

Teddy Bear

Lola said...

I think you did very, very well. Rasberry isn't even an easy color to define, let along find a lot of. Rasberries are wonderful, but they're pretty expensive even here in the states. Blog Mom gets lots of blueberries during the few weeks in summer that they're very reasonably priced and only very rarely has rasberries.

wags, Lola

Khyra, Khousin Merdie, And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a great group of raspberries!

Woo khovered so many facets too!

Thanks fur sharing!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

houndstooth said...

We love raspberry, both the color and the berries! They're delicious! As a matter of fact, my favorite yogurt flavor is raspberry cheesecake!


Mr Koda MD said...

I have not tried raspberries but last night I feasted on cranberries from a bush at my friends place - they were delicious! I recommend them to all pups!


Bella the Westie said...

Good job on finding raspberry coloured items. you did so well!

Thank you for the information on the health benefits too. It is great to share knowledge :)

Love, Bella.

The Devil Dog said...

What a great post on raspberries. Mom has photos of our raspberry bushes on the blog today. You should go check it out. We are going to be in raspberry heaven real soon. Sorry we can't send you some.

Roxy & Lucky