Get The Berry Most Out Of Your Raspberries

Cal Giant | October 5, 2021

California Giant Berry Farms raspberries have just the right balance of tangy and sweet flavors, and are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C. We’ve gathered the berry best tips to successfully store and serve raspberries, along with three delicious ways to incorporate raspberries into your diet!

How to Select Raspberries

When choosing raspberries at the store, look for berries that are plump, bright, and even in color. Pass over berries that have bruising or blemishes, and select berries that are firm and free of excess moisture. 

Berry Tip: Look at the bottom of the carton to make sure the pad is mostly dry and free of stains from damaged berries.

Did you know? Our growers hand-pack each carton in the field. You can learn more about where they came from on the trace your berries page on our website. Just enter the 16-digit trace code found on each California Giant Berry Farms container!

How to Store Raspberries

Once your juicy raspberries are home, store them in the refrigerator in their original package to maximize freshness. Rinse with cool tap water and blot dry right before serving. 

Fresh raspberries usually last 1-3 days after purchase when properly stored, but can last for 6-8 months when frozen! To freeze raspberries, place them on a cookie sheet and freeze for 24 hours before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag or container. 

What to Make With Raspberries

Lamb Lollipops with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Lamb Lollipops with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Raspberries bring the perfect pop of pink to this simple, yet elegant dish! Honey and raspberries in the vinaigrette elevate the savory flavors of the grilled lamb topped with freshly chopped rosemary. 

Pro tip: Use leftover raspberry vinaigrette on a salad or on a bed of rice with tofu!

Raspberry Cheesecake

Raspberry Cheesecake

Fresh raspberries turn a classic dessert into a beautiful work of art in this Raspberry Cheesecake. A vivid swirl of raspberry and cream cheese accents the cheesecake to create an irresistible blend of rich, sweet, and tangy flavors. 

Pro-Tip: To extend the life of this delicious cheesecake, store it in the freezer for up to two months! Simply take it out of the freezer an hour or two before you’d like to enjoy it. 

Raspberry Greyhound

Raspberry Greyhound

Muddled raspberries bring a rush of flavor to each sip of this Raspberry Greyhound cocktail! Fragrant sprigs of rosemary and slices of grapefruit polish off this light beverage, adding a contrast of color to the brilliant color of raspberries.

Pro tip: Swap out the rosemary for basil or mint based on personal preference! Replace the alcohol with a seltzer for a refreshing mocktail. 

Which raspberry recipe are you most excited to try out? Let us know below.

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