Raspberry belongs to the large berry family. Raspberries alone have more than 200 different species. It is packed full with many health benefits. It contains ten times more antioxidants than foods such as tomatoes or broccoli. Raspberries may look very small, but each nugget is packed with fiber, photochemicals, and antioxidants.
Raspberry can be made into different products, the most common of which is a fruit drink.
- A cup of fresh raspberry juice contains a total of 70 calories, 32 of the daily fiber, and 1 gram of fat.
- Juicing raspberries produces enough of an individual’s vitamin and nutrient needs.
- Raspberry juice contains approximately the following percentage of an individual’s daily requirements for vitamins and nutrients.
- 50% of the total Vitamin C
- 6% of folate
- 6% of magnesium
- 5% of potassium
- 4% calcium
- 4% niacin
- 4% vitamin B6
- 4% phosphorus
- 4% zinc
Raspberry Juice Benefits
Drinking raspberry juice on a regular basis is a healthy practice for many individuals that yield great health benefits.
- Anti-carcinogenic properties. The juice contains ellagic acid known for its anti-carcinogenic properties.
- A great source of antioxidants such as anthocyanins which helps slow down the effects of aging, reduces the risk of heart disease, prevents cancer, and reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
- A good source of salicylic acid which helps prevents the hardening or stenosis of the arteries.
- The juice releases histamines in the body, minimizing any allergic reactions.
How to Make Raspberry Juice
Making juice from raspberries is quite easy and can be done at home with the necessary materials and equipment available.
- Determine how much concentrate needs to be prepared. 3.5lbs of raspberries are needed to make a quart of concentrate.
- Pick raspberries carefully, choosing fresh and organically grown produce.
- Sterilize jars needed for canning by placing the jar in a dishwasher or placing boiling water in the jar for 10 minutes. Sterilize the lids needed to cover the jars using the same sterilizing methods.
- Properly wash the raspberries. Place washed raspberries in a pot and fill the pot with enough water to cover the berries.
- Adjust the stove to medium heat.
- Stir the berries often until the mixture reaches boiling point.
- Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the berries from the water using a strainer.
- Juice the softened or boiled raspberries through the strainer, using another pot to catch the contents.
- If a sweetener will be used, pour the juice back into the pot and add the sweetener. The juice should be stirred constantly until it reaches to a boil.
- Fill each jar until it reaches ¼ inch from the top.
- Place lid and close tightly.
- Place jars in boiling water using tongs, keeping the jar covered with at least 2 inches of water.
- Store the jars in a cool and dark place for up to one year.