Properties and Benefits of Yellow Raspberries

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.

Yellow raspberries benefits

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.

Yellow raspberries

For instance, they are rich in vitamin C and numerous other phytochemicals, natural compounds with potent antioxidant effects. According to, 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.

Nutritional Facts Yellow Raspberries

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.

6 Replies to “Properties and Benefits of Yellow Raspberries”

  1. It is interesting to know the taste and beneficial impacts of raspberries especially yellow ones. Can I find some reference that yellow ones have 10 times more antioxidants than regular red please?

    • Hello, Mr. Muhammad Zubair Rafique. I am afraid that sentence is a mistake from my part and I shall rectify it immediately. I should have said that raspberries of all colors, including yellow ones, were shown to have up to 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes and broccoli, as indicated by an article published by the European Food Information Council. I would like to thank you for your intervention as it has contributed to a much needed rectification from my part.

  2. I prefer yellow raspberries and have many bushes in my backyard. Are they also beneficial for those with osteoarthritis?

    • What makes yellow raspberries great is their high antioxidant content. Antioxidants in general contribute to reducing inflammation levels and can exert a visible therapeutic effect by helping reduce swelling and pain. However, yellow raspberries might not produce a very visible result because you would have to eat considerable amounts every day for a prolonged period of time and not even this may guarantee a significant improvement of symptoms. It may help, but you stand to gain more if you include these 7 anti-inflammatory foods in your daily diet. Moreover, because osteoarthritis affects bone cartilage primarily, vitamin C rich foods or even supplements may help increase collagen production and possibly improve symptoms and disease evolution. Vitamin D can also help because it is both an anti-inflammatory and good for bone health. Maintaining a healthy weight, moderate exercising such as aerobics and, as mentioned above, strong anti-inflammatory foods, vitamins C and D are important for good outcomes.

  3. Can the leaves of the yellow raspberry be used in place of red in teas? Do they have the same medicinal qualities?

    • Hi, Joanne. Unfortunately the information of the health benefits and risks of yellow raspberry leaves is almost inexistent. But considering it is the same plant with edible fruits of a similar nutritional value, it is possible for it to hold the same benefits. However, keep in mind that not even red raspberry leaf extract and teas work for everyone in the same way and some people have reported visible side effects after ingesting the leaves. So if you have never tried raspberry leaves but wish to, or are pregnant or suffering from a certain medical condition, please let your doctor walk you through this process to avoid possible side effects. Studies show raspberry leaf extract and infusions are reported to help with the second stage of labour, reduce heavy flow, ease cramps and shorten periods.

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