Raspberry is a rooted shrub with a perennial rhizome and a two-year-old prickly stem. Its leaves are dentate and light-haired on the underside. Stem is often spiky. In June and July, the small, white flower blossom forms a large and juicy red berry. The berry harvest is the most abundant in late July and early August. Raspberry grows on fertile forestlands, rocky hills and rocks, and roadsides. Prevalence area covers Europe and North Asia.
Raspberry is a true delicacy of our forests and enjoys great popularity as it often grows close to human settlement and is easy to collect. The fiber-rich sweet berry is used for countless desserts, pastries and drinks, such as Moomin Mamma's juice. In herbal medicine, tea is infused from the leaves, used to reduce fever, and it is also believed that the ingestion is accelerated.
Raspberry is a common species that favors open habitats with plenty of light. It has benefited from human activity. It is a pioneer species that appears in large numbers on forest openings like regeneration areas. Raspberry does not like overgrowth and disappears as the new forest grows. Many insects, such as Byturus tomentosus, use raspberry leaves and berries to feed.
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