The raspberry is a herbaceous to woody perennial around 36" tall and belongs to the rose family.
Raspberries probably originated in Eastern Asia and did not become popular as a food until the 17th century. During that century, recipes for raspberry wine and vinegar, sweets and jams abounded.
In the 1800s raspberries were used for medicinal purposes, such as a cure for sore eyes and throats and to clean teeth.
Scotland, famous for its raspberry growing, transported raspberries in the late 1950s on a steam train from Scotland to Covent Garden. This train soon came to be known as the Raspberry Special.
Raspberries, a close relative to the strawberry, are an aggregate fruit consisting of a large number of drupelets on a receptacle. As ripe berries are picked, the receptacle is left on the plant. Raspberries thrive in North America and can be found across the Midwest prairies.
The raspberry was an important food source to the Native Americans and early pioneers, anc also provided an important food source for animals during the summer.
Raspberries begin to bear fruit when 2 to 3 years old and should have a life expectancy of eight full crop years.