This is the first of two celebrations during the month of August for drupelets! What is a drupelet? you might ask. A druplelet to put it simply is "one of the individual parts of an aggregate fruit." This definition might beg its own question, What is an aggregate fruit? By definition, an aggregate fruit is "a fruit formed from several carpels derived from the same flower." At this point, you might even question the meaning of carpels in relation to flowers. A carpel is the "female reproductive organ of a flower...it may occur singly or as one of a group." Without any further ado, let's just get to the 'fruit' of the matter, which for this celebration is...the raspberry, 'pied' in the sense of being baked or chilled in a pie!
August 1 is...
National Raspberry Pie Day
*Raspberries are ancient having been eaten since prehistoric times but only began to be cultivated in England and France around the 1600s.
*Raspberries are woody stemmed perennials.
*Raspberries are an important commercial food crop grown in all temperate regions of the world.
|See the tiny drupelets!|
*One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries per year.
*Raspberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges.
*Raspberries are NOT just red...they can also be purple, gold or black with the gold being the sweetest and most tasty.
*Raspberries are deeply symbolic being the symbol for kindness in some forms of Christian art.
By now, you should be ready for a slice (or two) of Raspberry Cream Pie...