The Berry Best: Creative Ways to Use Fresh Raspberries

by | Sep 1, 2023

Unleashing the Flavor Potential of Fresh Raspberries from Don-O-Ray Farms

Raspberry season is a magical time at Don-O-Ray Farms, located in the heart of Kelowna, BC. If you’ve ever tasted fresh raspberries straight from the vine, then you know there’s nothing quite like the vibrant flavour of these ruby-red gems. Whether you’re a local or visiting Kelowna, a trip to our farm is an unforgettable experience, complete with raspberry picking, where you can take buckets of these delicious berries.

But once you’ve got these succulent fruits, what’s next? We’ve compiled a list of versatile ways to use fresh raspberries to brighten up your meals, make creative desserts, and even add a flavorful twist to your beverages.

1. Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Start your day with a nutritious smoothie bowl packed with fresh raspberries. Blend the berries with some frozen banana, a scoop of protein powder, and a splash of almond milk. Pour it into a bowl and garnish with more fresh raspberries, granola, and a drizzle of honey for a healthy and delicious breakfast.

2. Raspberry Jam

Making your raspberry jam is a great way to preserve the taste of summer. You can create a homemade jam that beats any store-bought version with just raspberries, sugar, and a bit of lemon juice. The best part? You’ll know exactly what’s in the jam—no preservatives or added chemicals.

3. Raspberry Vinaigrette

Brighten up your salads with a homemade raspberry vinaigrette. Blend fresh raspberries with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a touch of mustard, and a dash of salt and pepper. The tangy sweetness of raspberries complements leafy greens, making your salads burst with flavour.

4. Raspberry-Infused Water or Tea

Quench your thirst by adding fresh raspberries to your water or iced tea. The berries give a subtle yet refreshing flavour, making for a delightful beverage to sip on during hot summer days or after an outdoor adventure in Kelowna.

5. Raspberry Sorbet

If you want to indulge your sweet tooth without feeling guilty:

  1. Try making raspberry sorbet.
  2. Puree the berries and mix them with a simple syrup made from sugar and water.
  3. Freeze the mixture until it’s firm, and enjoy a refreshing and satisfying treat.
  4. Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Tart
  5. For a more decadent option, consider making a raspberry chocolate ganache tart. A chocolate crust filled with rich, creamy chocolate ganache is topped with fresh raspberries for a divine dessert.

    6. Raspberry Coulis

    A raspberry coulis is a versatile sauce that can elevate various dishes. Blend fresh raspberries with sugar and strain the mixture for a smooth sauce. Drizzle it over desserts like cheesecake, or use it as a base for cocktails.

    7. Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding

    Combine the health benefits of chia seeds with the deliciousness of fresh raspberries. Mix chia seeds with almond milk, a touch of vanilla extract, and fresh raspberries. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for a few hours to thicken, and you have a nutrient-packed snack or breakfast.

    8. Raspberry Salsa

    Yes, you read that right! Fresh raspberries can make a fantastic addition to a homemade salsa. Combine them with diced onions, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt for a fruity twist on this classic dish.

    9. Fresh Raspberry Garnish

    Last but not least, never underestimate the power of a simple raspberry garnish. Add them to your oatmeal, yogurt, or savoury dishes like grilled chicken or salmon for an elegant and flavorful touch.

Final Thoughts

Raspberries are not just delicious but also a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and fibre. When you pick up a basket of fresh raspberries from Don-O-Ray Farms, you’re not just supporting local agriculture; you’re bringing home a versatile ingredient that can be the star in a wide array of culinary delights.

So come down to our farm this raspberry season, and let these juicy berries inspire your next kitchen adventure. Whether making a breakfast smoothie bowl, a sophisticated dessert, or just enjoying them fresh, the possibilities are endless—and delicious!

Don O Ray Farms Okanagan

Bringing Freshness to Your Table, One Berry at a Time

Warmest regards,

The Don-O-Ray Farms Family

Don-O-Ray Farms
3443 Benvoulin Rd
Kelowna, BC
V1W 4M5