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When Are Raspberries in Season?

By Connor Bonam

February 16, 2024

Raspberries, those ruby red gems of summer, grace our desserts, smoothies, and salads with their delightful tartness and vibrant color. But when are they at their best, bursting with flavor and offering the most value? Wonder no more! Fetch has the answer!

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Turn Your Produce Into Points & Earn Rewards With Fetch Shop 

You’re already adding fresh produce to your grocery list each week, so why not get something in return for choosing to eat healthy? With Fetch Shop, you’ll earn points per dollar on the purchases you make at select stores when placing your order through the app, which means the more fruit and veggies you add to your list, the more rewards you’ll earn. Whether you’re getting groceries delivered from Uber Eats, scheduling a grocery pickup at Target using their Drive Up service, or stocking up for a big get-together shopping online at Sam’s Club, you can turn your produce into Fetch points that can be redeemed for free gift cards when grocery shopping with Fetch Shop.

To earn rewards on fresh produce with Fetch Shop:

  1. Download Fetch.
  2. Open the app, and navigate to Fetch Shop; on your “Discover” (home) tab, you’ll find the Fetch Shop icon directly to the left of the camera icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Once in Fetch Shop, scroll to the “Food & Drink” category, click where it says, “See all,” then find the grocery retailer of your choice, and select that store.
  4. Tap “Go shopping!” and then simply grocery shop online as you would normally. And don’t forget to add those fruits and veggies to your cart to rack up even more points!

The Raspberry Sweet Spot: June to September

Raspberry sales spike in June and continue until early fall, wrapping up around the end of September. This coincides perfectly with their natural growing season, ensuring you get the ripest, most flavorful berries. So, stock up during these months and savor the taste of peak raspberry perfection.

Price Perks: Consistent Sweetness, Even Sweeter Deals

The good news continues! Unlike other seasonal fruits, the price of raspberries remains relatively stable throughout the year, with only a slight decrease in November and December. This means you can enjoy their deliciousness without worrying about major price fluctuations. And to make them even sweeter, Fetch will give you points on every grocery receipt, letting you earn rewards while indulging in your love for these delightful fruits.

Information detailing the best time of year to buy raspberries

Beyond the Basics: Raspberry Know-How

Now that you know when to find the best deals and savor peak flavor, let’s delve into some raspberry essentials:

  1. Where They Grow: Raspberries don’t grow on trees! They flourish on bramble bushes, low-growing woody plants with prickly stems. These bushes thrive in cool climates and well-drained soil, making regions like the Pacific Northwest ideal for their cultivation.
  2. Shelf Life: Fresh raspberries are delicate and have a shorter shelf life. Ideally, enjoy them within 2-3 days of purchase. However, proper storage can extend their freshness (more on that later!).
  3. Picking the Perfect Berry: At the grocery store, select firm, plump berries with a vibrant red color. Avoid any with mold, soft spots, or wrinkles. Gently feel for ripeness; they should yield slightly to gentle pressure.
  4. Cleaning with Care: Rinse raspberries just before eating to avoid excess moisture, which can shorten their lifespan. Use a colander and cool running water, gently swirling the berries to remove any dirt or debris. Avoid soaking them, as this can make them mushy.
  5. Storage Savvy: Store unwashed raspberries in the refrigerator drawer. Place them in a single layer on a paper towel-lined container to absorb any excess moisture. This will help them stay fresh for up to 3 days.

Tips to identify ripe raspberries

Raspberry Remix: Simple Recipes to Use Raspberries in Your Kitchen 

Now, for the fun part – recipes! Here are three easy ways to enjoy your raspberries:

  • Raspberry Puree: Blend fresh or frozen raspberries with a touch of honey or sugar for a versatile topping for yogurt, ice cream, or pancakes.
  • Raspberry Tea: Steep fresh or dried raspberries in hot water for a refreshing and healthy beverage. Add a sprig of mint or lemon for an extra flavor boost.
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette: Combine raspberry puree with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and your favorite herbs for a vibrant and flavorful salad dressing.

Tips on how to store raspberries

Make Fetch Your Go-To Grocery App & Earn Rewards on Every Receipt

With its delicious taste, versatility, and affordability during peak season, the raspberry reigns supreme. So when putting together your shopping list, remember the sweet spot (June-September), pick your raspberries wisely, store smartly, and unleash your culinary creativity with Fetch by your side!

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Topics: Food and Drink, Shopping Lists


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