The Raspberry (Rubus Idoeus) occurs wild plentifully in the woods of Scotland, where children gather the fruit early in summer. It is also found growing freely in some parts of England--as in the Sussex woods--and bearing berries of as good a quality as that of the cultivated Raspberry, though not so large in size.
Another name for the fruit is Framboise, which is a French corruption of the Dutch word brambezie, or brambleberry.
Again, the Respis, or Raspberry, was at one time commonly known in this country as Hindberry, or the gentler berry, as distinguished from one of a harsher and coarser sort, the Hartberry. "Respberry" signifies in the Eastern Counties of England a shoot, or sucker, this
name being probably applied because the fruit grows on the young shoots of the previous year. Raspberry fruit is fragrant and cooling, but sugar improves its flavor. Like the strawberry, if eaten without sugar and cream, it does not undergo any acetous fermentation in the stomach, even with gouty or strumous persons. When combined with vinegar and sugar it makes a liqueur which, if diluted with water, is most useful in febrile disorders, and which is all excellent addition to
sea stores as preventive of scurvy.
The Latins named this shrub "the bramble of Ida," because it grew in abundance on that classic mountain where the shepherd Paris adjudged to Venus the prize for beauty--a golden apple--on which was divinely inscribed the words, "Detur pulchriori" "Let this be awarded to the fairest of womankind."
The fresh leaves of the Raspberry are the favorite food of kids. There are red, white, yellow, and purple varieties of this fruit. Heat develops the richness of its flavor; and Raspberry jam is the prince of preserves.
Again, a wine can be brewed from the fermented juice, which is excellent against scurvy because of its salts of potash--the citrate and malate.
Raspberry vinegar, made by pouring vinegar repeatedly over successive quantities of the fresh fruit, is a capital remedy for sore throat from cold, or of the relaxed kind; and when mixed with water it furnishes a most refreshing drink in fevers. But the berries should be used immediately after being gathered, as they quickly spoil, and their fine flavor is very evanescent. The vinegar can be extemporised by diluting Raspberry jelly with hot vinegar, or by mixing syrup of the
fruit with vinegar.
In Germany a conserve of Raspberries which has astringent effects is concocted with two parts of sugar to one of juice expressed from the fruit. Besides containing citric and malic acids, the Raspberry affords a volatile oil of aromatic flavor, with crystallisable sugar, pectin, coloring matter, mucus, some mineral salts, and water.
Gerard says: "The fruit is good to be given to them that have weake, and queasie stomackes."
A playful example of the declension of a Latin substantive is given thus:
"Musa, Musoe", The Gods were at tea: "Musoe, Musam", Eating Raspberry jam: "Musa, Musah", Made by Cupid's mamma.
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