American Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)

Shrub
R. strigosus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
American Red Raspberry
Rubus strigosus
Rosaceae

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    Antiemetic[13, 165].

    The leaves and roots are anti-inflammatory, astringent, decongestant, ophthalmic, oxytocic and stimulant[4, 13, 165, 222, 254]. A tea made from them is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, as a tonic for the uterus to strengthen pregnant women, and as an aid in childbirth[4, 222, 257]. The tea has also been shown as effective in relieving painful menstrual cramps[222]. The active ingredients both stimulate and relax the uterus[222]. They can be used during the last three months of pregnancy and during childbirth, but should not be used earlier[238]. Externally, the leaves and roots are used as a gargle to treat tonsillitis and mouth inflammations, as a poultice and wash to treat sores, conjunctivitis, minor wounds, burns and varicose ulcers[238, 257]. The leaves are harvested in the summer and dried for later use[9].

    The fruit is antiscorbutic and diuretic[7]. Fresh raspberry juice, mixed with a little honey, makes an excellent refrigerant beverage to be taken in the heat of a fever[21]. Made into a syrup, it is said to have a beneficial effect on the heart[21].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc[1, 2, 3, 34, 85, 101, 183].

    Young shoots – harvested as they emerge through the ground in the spring, peeled and eaten raw or cooked like asparagus[85, 101, 161, 183].

    The leaves and twigs are used as a tea substitute[161, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3¡c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. A parent of some of the cultivated raspberries[11, 34], it is often used in modern breeding programmes[119]. This species has biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, these stems fruit in their second year and then die[200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
N. America – Newfoundland to British Columbia, south to New Mexico.

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