Oregon has been a berry-producing state for more than 100 years. While mainly known for the marionberry, Oregon is also a producer of the red raspberry. The main varieties produced in our area are Willamette and Meeker. According to the Oregon Berry Association, most of the Oregon raspberry crop is used as frozen berries, frozen puree or as frozen juice concentrate.
Norpac and Oregon Berry Packing are some of the packers of Oregon berry products. Oregon Freeze Dry in Albany packs dried berries. There are lots of fresh berries available for purchase in Oregon as well; check your local farm stands and farmers markets.
Raspberries are a great source of nutrition. They’re fat-free, cholesterol free, high in fiber and vitamin C. One cup of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber. A high fiber diet can prevent heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers.
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