Whenever you are off to a departmental store, raspberries are one thing you will always find there. Raspberries invoke a sense of summer with their delicate sweetness with a subtle tart taste. They are all citrus-like when you take a bite. The weird thing is that raspberries have an ulterior sweetened taste although most of them are sour.
Most people always ponder why raspberries are hollow on the inside and do they contain seeds? Because it is a berry, most berries have seeds on the inside. So what is the case with raspberry? Let us find out!
Yes, raspberries do have seeds. The number of sections and the number of seeds in a raspberry are almost the same. Raspberries contain seeds from the ovary of a single flower. According to research at Cornell University, 100 grams of raspberries can bear more than 4,000 seeds! The seeds are inside each drupelet, and farm-fresh raspberries always contain minute brown seeds inside.
In grocery markets, you might also get the option to purchase seedless raspberries, which is bliss. Honestly, if you go on to pick seeds out of a raspberry manually, it may take forever and give you a tough time. The seeds do not damage your life whatsoever, but raspberry is better off without its seeds for an optimal taste. Seeds obstruct the taste of raspberry and they even get stuck between the teeth.
Raspberry is a composite fruit, in essence, multiple fruits develop into a simple raspberry. The little red berries are in no way close to any fruit. They are the actual berries in Raspberry which contain the seeds. Raspberries are relatively fragile. The closest substitute to raspberries that you can find is blackberries and mulberries. Grapes are also of the same kind. Except, they are quite large to be as fragile as the other berries.
Raspberries have a rich colour and a sweet juicy taste. They are also rich in an abundance of nutrition such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also contain a small amount of citric acid. However, sometimes it becomes impossible to decipher the taste of a raspberry.
If you are thinking you would handpick the seeds out without damaging the raspberry or spilling out its juice, I am genuinely sorry to burst your bubble. You cannot pick out seeds from a raspberry so easily unless you have purchased seedless from the market. However, you can mash your raspberries and take out the seeds easily. If you want to make jam, sauce, pour it as a topping or use it as a food colouring, you can crush the fruit and the seeds can easily be separated.
You can crush the raspberry as you squash other berries and fruits. Take a sieve and push the berry through one end. The pulp and juice make their way to the other side of the sieve successfully isolating the seeds. You can also use a juice mixer to first turn your raspberry in a liquid form to produce jam or sauce, and then use the sieve to remove the seeds.
You must have wondered why raspberries are hollow from the middle, unlike other berries and fruits. The middle part is the stem of the fruit. During its growth, it forms a shape around its white stem, building a firm structure. However, the whole fruit upon maturing can be easily removed from the stem, making it hollow.
If we look at other berries and fruits like blackberries and grapes, they have a strong connection with their stem and are inseparable. Hence, in that case, the whole stem needs to be uprooted upon maturing. This explains why raspberries are left hollow.
Also, you must have seen raspberries with silky hair on their cover. They are present to secure the raspberries from external sources like insects and worms. The woolly hair does not damage humans when they consume it, so there is nothing to worry about. They are just meant to safeguard raspberries. They are not easy to pluck out but you won’t feel anything while eating that.
However, you need to watch out for mold. They look like thin strands of hair as well but they are different from the protective layer. They are white linings developed by overmatured raspberries while the fuzz is yellowish in colour.
You can always shop for seedless raspberries in markets but if they are unavailable, I believe these substitutes will be just as good.
Cherries are not as juicy and tangy as raspberries, but they are perfect to make you feel like you have entered the summer season. Cherries have a distinctive flavour and you won’t be disturbed by any kind of seeds.
Cherries have a thin stem or pit, and plucking them out from the cherry is not really a challenge. Cherries do not have surplus sugar, so maybe it is exactly what you are looking for. You can also purchase frozen cherries already plucked out from their pits.
Strawberries are a great substitute as well. Except, it is seasonal. But you can get frozen strawberries all the time. Strawberries are delightful to garnish and give cakes, ice-creams and cookies a new flavour. Strawberries do have seeds but their seeds are just too small to notice.
Canned strawberries are available almost everywhere every season and are sweeter than cherries. You can use them fresh or cooked, whichever way you want.
Cherries and strawberries are absolutely outstanding seedless alternatives, but are you still missing that tangy and citrusy flavour the raspberry gives? If you do, then cranberries are exactly what you need. Cranberries can add a lot of tanginess to anything, and are obviously seedless. If you like a sugary taste, you just need to add a spoonful of sugar and you are good to go!
If raspberries existed without seeds, life would have been much easier. But raspberry jam and sauce is just as good. Summing up, it is easy to remove seeds from the raspberry, but the fruit will not remain firm.