The harvest season of raspberry comes twice a year. The first time we enjoy the taste of fresh juicy berries in early summer, the second time we harvest for blooms in the winter with the beginning of autumn until the first frost.

Raspberries are very healthy berries. It contains a huge amount of vitamin C and fiber, as well as iron and folic acid (substances that are particularly needed by women).

Red raspberry is a source of ellagic acid, which possesses powerful antimutagenic properties, and, consequently, it is useful as a prevention of cancer.

Studies have also shown that eating raspberries lowers cholesterol in the blood. And stocks of vitamin A, calcium and potassium have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the nervous system. Therefore it is very important to store raspberries for the winter, for the period when the level of intake of vitamins and minerals in the human body is significantly reduced.

If the berries a lot – you have to show imagination and, having prepared the required first batch of jam, look for other interesting recipes with raspberries. We love raspberry juice – it's delicious and will be a perfect addition to drinks, desserts and pastries.

Until the time of making the juice, keep the raspberries in the refrigerator unwashed. Before cooking, wash the berries and put them in a saucepan. Pour the berries with water in a 1: 1 ratio (one glass of raspberries per glass of water). Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and continue to simmer.

In the process of cooking mash berries with a fork or a masher for potatoes in order to out of juice. Simmer the mixture for another 10 minutes. Then pour the mixture into a glass jar (or other jar) with a wide neck, using the cheesecloth as a sieve to separate seeds from juice. Press remaining in the gauze pulp of the berries as much as possible to extract maximum amount of juice.

If you want to make raspberry juice more sweet, pour it into a clean pan and add sugar in a 1: 4 ratio (a quarter cup of sugar for each glass of juice). Put the saucepan on a stove and bring to a boil, stirring constantly the juice until the sugar is completely dissolved. Raspberry juice is ready. If you do not intend to use it immediately after preparation, pour it into sealed containers for freezing and put it in the freezer.

As mentioned above, you can enjoy the taste of raspberry juice, mixing it with other liquids, for example, with lemonade to get a delicious pink drink or with juices of other fruits such as peach, pineapple, strawberry or lime.

Also, raspberry juice gives an excellent taste and aroma of tea with ice, ideally suited for thirst quenching. And, of course, it can be added to hot tea during the treatment of colds as an effective natural sweatshop.