Raspberries are in season, and while red raspberries are the most common, keep an eye out at your market for purple, black and golden varieties as well.
Raspberries are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, manganese and fiber. Organic raspberries may contain more antioxidants than their conventional counterparts. Between this and the fact that conventionally grown raspberries have medium levels of pesticide residue, it is a good idea to buy organic raspberries when you can afford them.
When picking your own raspberries, look for plump, firm, deeply colored berries. Berries that are too light in color are unripe, and will be more tart and hard than they should be.
To freeze raspberries, simply spread them on a cookie sheet in a single layer and stick them in the freezer. When they are solid all the way through, transfer them to freezer bags or containers.
Once you have your raspberries, eat plenty of them fresh, and then try them in one of these recipes: