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Sunshine raspberries are a similar size and shape to the more common red raspberries with some amazing color differences. They are a marbled mixture of both orange and red, with an overall golden tone. The taste is sweet and honeyed with peach and apricot notes. They are far less tart than red raspberries.
Sunshine raspberries are available in the summer.
Sunshine raspberries are the newest berry from Driscoll’s. They were trademarked in 2009, but did not find a place in the produce world until more recently. A strain of Gold raspberries, they are botanically classified as Rubus idaeus. Like their raspberry cousins, Sunshine raspberries are a bramble fruit within the family, Rosaceae.
Sunshine raspberries are a good source of vitamins B and C, folic acid, copper, iron, antioxidants, and ellagic acid, a phenolic compound known to prevent cancer. They also have a high proportion of dietary fiber, comprising of around 20% of the berry’s total weight.
Use Sunshine raspberries as you would gold raspberries, as their desired traits are the same: super sweet without pigmentation. Opposed to other colored raspberry varieties, their elevated sugar levels and minimal acidity make them less appropriate for savory applications. Sunshine raspberries have a stunning and unique jewel-like appearance that is best showcased when used whole. They make a colorful contribution to glazed tarts, cheesecakes or other baked goods. Complimentary pairings include cocoa, exotic fruits, raisins, nuts such as hazelnuts and Marcona almonds, apricots, honey, peaches, coconut, cinnamon, blueberries, cardamom and lavender. Sunshine raspberries are very perishable, like other berries and should be consumed within a few days.
Raspberries are native to the Fertile Crescent in eastern Europe, specifically modern day Turkey. There are also raspberry bushes that have origins within the New World of North America that were probably transported by early travelers and migrating animals crossing the Bering Strait. The gold variety is a naturally occurring mutation of the common red raspberry. Sunshine raspberries are a cross between golden and red raspberries.
Recipes that include Sunshine Raspberries. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Milk and Honey||Golden Raspberries and Vanilla Cream|
|Seattle Bon Vivant||Golden Raspberry Jam|
|My Button Cake||Golden Raspberry Custard Tarts|
|Spectacularly Delicious||Golden Raspberry and Pear Jam|
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