The raspberry is native to Asia, Europe, and North America. While the fruit is very perishable, the plants are hardy. Raspberry bushes grow well in cool climates and can withstand wintry weather.
The ancient Romans spread the raspberry throughout their empire beginning 2,000 years ago. While the red raspberry is best known, there are black, purple, and blue raspberries in North America.
Though delicate, raspberries represent a robust bounty of dietary fiber, vitamins C, E, and K, phytonutrients, manganese, and magnesium.