Part of the rose family, the raspberry is cultivated all over the world and believed to have originated from Eastern Asia. The Latin name of the raspberry is Rubus idaeus, which could be for two reasons: either raspberries were first cultivated on Mount Ida in Greece, or because raspberries are mentioned Greek mythology. According to the tale, Zeus’ nurse – a nymph called Ida – wanted to give him a raspberry to cheer him up. In doing so she pricked her finger on the thorns, making them eternally red. Rubus idaeus translates to ‘bramble bush of Ida’.
In the UK, the first mention of raspberries is in a herbal medicine book dated 1548. They were believed to have medicinal properties and carry kindness through the body. Raspberries carrying kindness through people may be a little far-fetched, but we do now know that they are high in Vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants and are a good source of dietary fibre as well as tasting delicious.