Where Are Raspberry Seeds Located on the Fruit?
Raspberries are a popular edible crop that is enjoyed in jams, jellies, fruit pastries and fresh fruit desserts. Cultivated summer-bearing and ever-bearing raspberries canes are purchased and grown by home gardeners. The plants produce fruit loaded with seeds.
Raspberry canes or plants are set out in a prepared bed of soil with compost and manure. The biennial canes should be planted in fall or early spring.
The raspberry is composed of many small fruits on one compound hollow piece that is pulled from the plant. The tiny individual fruits are called drupelets.
Drupelets and Seeds
Drupelets are like cherries with an endocarpic seed (pyrene) in the center. According to Cornell University, 100 grams of raspberries can hold as many as 4,000 seeds, with one seed weighing 1 milligram.
Wild raspberries are grown from seeds carried and dropped by birds and animals that then seed themselves into the ground. Wild plants are sporadic and unpredictable in growth and fruit production.
Raspberry fruit is cooked with a variety of recipe ingredients for jelly, fillings and sauces. A home cook will construct a bag from cloth and fill it with the cooked raspberry mixture, squeeze it and extract the seed-free fruit juice.
Hardy and thorny, red raspberry bushes can grow up to 6 feet tall without pruning. The "Latham" and "Indian Red" varieties, while less sweet, are vigorous bushes that are tolerant to pests and diseases and very adaptable in changing climates. Purple raspberry bushes are generally larger than their yellow or red counterparts and more tolerant of heat. Propagate purple raspberry bushes by bending the long, arching branches to the ground and covering the tip of the plant with soil. Black raspberries are known for their distinct taste in jams and jellies. This bush variety will grow to approximately 24 to 30 inches and should be pinched back about 3 inches once they are fully grown.
- Cornell University: Raspberries
- Gardens Are for Eating; Stanley Schuler
- Ohio State University: Raspberries for the Backyard Fruit Planting