That sweet ‘rough berry’ the raspberry

The raspberry is thought to get its name from raspise, which was a sweet wine in the 15th century.  But it may also come from the old English word ‘rasp’ which means rough, so ‘rough berry’.

Ever wondered why they’re sort of hollow in the middle? It’s because the stem remains on the plant when it’s picked, leaving a hollow core in the fruit. This marks an additional difference between the raspberry and the darker-coloured blackberry. The stem of the blackberry picks with the fruit.

You can use either blackberries or raspberries to make an easy, delicious breakfast. Or use both fruits if you like!

Oaty Raspberry or Blackberry Yoghurt


  • 1 cup of either fresh blackberries or raspberries (or a mix of both)
  • 1 cup of plain or vanilla bean yoghurt
  • ⅔ cup dry rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup fresh passionfruit pulp


Squish the blackberries or raspberries in a bowl with a fork, add the oats, maple syrup and the cup of yoghurt. Stir briefly to combine the ingredients and spoon into four serving glasses for four serves or two for two larger serves. Chill in the fridge overnight and serve topped in the morning with an extra dollop of yoghurt and the passionfruit pulp. You can also substitute muesli for the oats if you prefer.