Raspberry

Nutrients
Raspberries are sweet and juicy and packed with vitamin C and are also a good source of vitamin K and manganese. Vitamin C helps to heal wounds, keep the immune system healthy, and is needed for normal growth and development and for helping the body to absorb iron.  Vitamin K helps bones to stay strong and blood to clot so that wounds can heal quickly and manganese is needed to keep bones growing and to keep energy levels up.

When to give to your baby +6 months
Raspberries make a good choice for one of baby’s first fruits, however, if you want to add them in the very early stages of weaning, it's a good idea to crush them to a puree to avoid the choking hazard. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you're not sure.

The perfect raspberry
Wherever possible we like to use organic raspberries, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. We understand that this isn't always possible, so buy the best available to you at the time. They will stay freshest in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Best way to cook them for your baby
If you want to add them in the very early stages of weaning after first tastes have been accepted, it's a good idea to crush them to a puree to avoid the choking hazard, you could also add them to another gentle fruit or vegetable of your choice. When your little one can pick up small pieces of food and feed themselves independently, then they make the perfect snack as they're great popped in a box and eaten raw, just as they are – naturally sweet and delicious.

What goes well with raspberries
Butternut squash, pears, sweet potatoes, brown rice, banana, blueberries, blackberries, coconut water

Tom Redwood