Properties and Benefits of Yellow Raspberries: Believe it or not, yellow raspberries are actually a variety of common red raspberries. Although they differ in colour, yellow raspberries preserve the intense aroma and the delicate, sweet taste of red raspberries. But why do some raspberry plants turn golden-yellow when ripe? The culprit is none other than the colour gene of the fruit which remains dormant (this is called a recessive gene).
Because yellow raspberries are harder to find, they are usually more expensive than their red counterpart. If you find yellow raspberries are more to your liking than the traditional red variety, do not fear because they are available from July to September.
Raspberry shrubs are commonly accompanied by numerous small thorns and are extremely leafy. Tip: when picking raspberries, look behind the leaves because that is where the ripest, most delicious and succulent fruit usually hide. Raspberry shrubs are very fruitful so, at the end of a season, you may even have enough fruit left to make a few jars of heavenly jam.
But be careful: all raspberry varieties, including yellow ones, are insanely invasive so it is best to keep your shrubs trim so they won’t overwhelm adjacent plants. As I have already said, yellow raspberries are wonderfully sweet and juicy and they make an unbelievable jam. Besides their unique, honey-like aroma, yellow raspberries are incredibly healthy.
For instance, they are rich in vitamin C and numerous other phytochemicals, natural compounds with potent antioxidant effects. According to eufic.org, fresh yellow raspberries (as well as red and black varieties) have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli. In short, antioxidants help protect and repair cells from the damage produced by unstable molecules called ‘free radicals’.
With such an incredible antioxidant content, yellow raspberries are considered to be a guardian of health, capable of winning the battle against cancer. Also, yellow raspberries are a great source of ellagic acid and ellagitannins, a natural compound believed to be a potentially effective anticancer treatment. Moreover, a regular consumption of yellow raspberries is a great way to preserve your youthful appearance without having the need to opt for other expensive or invasive procedures.
If you take a careful look at the people around you, you will notice just how young, radiant and fresh some are. And they aren’t doing anything special but enjoying healthy, antioxidant-full, fruit-based snacks. Because of its high vitamin C content, yellow raspberries stimulate the production of collagen, the principal structural protein in our body that ensures our youthful appearance and beautiful, radiant, wrinle-free skin.
In addition to this, yellow raspberries are a good source of anthocyanins which not only have potent antioxidant effects, but also help our body fight off annoying and dangerous fungi and bacteria. Also, according to more recent scientific studies, regular consumption of yellow raspberries can ease symptoms of depression and mood swings. It appears that a handful of yellow raspberries can bring a smile to your face.
Yellow as well as red raspberries are rich in dietary fiber: 100 g of fruit contains approximately 6.5 g of fiber. As you may already know, fiber helps relieve constipation and significantly reduces fat absorption at the intestinal level, indirectly contributing to lower cholesterol levels. As far as dietary mineral content is concerned, the variety is a rich source of manganese, a powerful antioxidant.
Copper, iron, zinc and magnesium are also present in moderate amounts in yellow raspberries. In addition to this, yellow raspberries are a great source of carotenoids. Overall, yellow raspberries are incredibly delicious and amazingly nutritious. Not only are they lovely, golden, small pockets of sunshine, but eating them will definitely put a smile on your face.