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Choose fully ripe berries that are aromatic, firm, plump, brightly colored, and without cores. Avoid stained or leaking containers, which indicate overripeness, and stay away from soft, shriveled, or moldy berries.
Gently wash the fragile berries in cold water just before using—but don't soak them! Drain well and air dry, or softly pat dry with a paper towel.
Fresh raspberries are highly perishable, so try to buy them the day before you serve them to ensure the best flavor and appearance. To keep for a day or two, remove them from the container, arrange them in a single layer in a moisture-proof container, cover loosely, and refrigerate.
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The information presented in the Food Guide is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2017.