Fresh-picked raspberries are a jewel of summer. These red fruits are delicate, spoil easily and can grow fungus if there is too much water around. For food safety, all fruits and vegetables must be washed before consuming. There is a way to have clean raspberries without causing a lot of damage to the fruit. Whether they’re from a farmer’s market or your own garden, you can enjoy a bowl of fresh raspberries by following a few simple steps.

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Pick off any leaves and debris from each raspberry. This should be done one at a time to avoid bruising.

Place the fresh-picked raspberries in a shallow container no more than 3 inches high. Stacking the berries too high can cause them to bruise under the weight of the other fruits.

Store the shallow container of fruit in the refrigerator until ready to use. The raspberries should be consumed within two days to avoid them spoiling.

Clean the raspberries by placing them in a bowl of cool water and agitating gently with your hand. It is best to leave the bowl in the sink to catch any spilled water.

Remove the fruit using the slotted spoon and place on some paper towels. After the berries are mostly dry, use them as directed in your favorite recipe.


  • Freeze excess raspberries, to use in baking and sauces, before they spoil. Wash raspberries just before serving.