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Plant Profile: Raspberry

Excerpt from Wikipedia: The raspberry is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the rose family, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus. The name also applies to these plants themselves. Raspberries are perennial with woody stems.

Size: 4 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.

Uses: Antioxidant supplements, herbal teas from leaves, juice, jam, baked goods, purée, fresh, and dried fruit.

Companions: Garlic, rue, tansy, chives, onions, marigolds, yarrow, turnips, and evergreens.

Habitat: Thrives in full sun in zones 3 - 10, a nectar source for honeybees and other pollinators, and food for birds, squirrels, rabbits, deer, and raccoons.

Harvest: Plant in the winter and harvest when fully ripe. Ripe berries will easily fall off the stem when touched.

Fun Fact: Raspberries can be either red, yellow, purple, or black. World production of raspberries in 2020 was 895,771 tonnes, led by Russia with 20% of the total.

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