Red Raspberry Holiday Trifle

​  A delicious bow to Christmas tradition

For Use:  Holiday Season 2010

Portland, Oregon November 12, 2010– Christmas comes but once a year, as the saying goes, so why not indulge your guests with a special treat steeped in holiday tradition. This luscious red raspberry trifle will grace your holiday table with rich jewel like tones and a taste that will bring back memories of holidays past.

Fortunately for you red raspberries are no longer just a summertime memory, they are available individually quick frozen year round for use in a variety of delicious recipes and are found in the frozen food section of your local grocery.  Frozen red raspberries are the perfect staple to have on hand during the holidays. They lend a note of elegance to any recipe and can be used in drinks, appetizers and main dishes as well as desserts.

 Red raspberries blend well with the tart taste of raspberry cranberry juice and complement the smooth creamy orange mousse in our version of the very English dessert called a trifle. Trifles are layers of rich custard and marinated fruits. When you add the layers of light and airy angel food cake you create a very elegant finale to your holiday meal. The decadent taste of this creamy confection and the fact that it is made in advance and refrigerated until serving, will be sure to make this holiday dessert a tradition in your household.


Recipe and High Resolution Photos available at Red Raspberry Holiday Trifle

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Company Description


The Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission represents the growers and processors of caneberries in the state. Oregon is the nations largest producer of blackberries including numerous varieties such as Kotata, Black Diamond, Waldo, Silvan and Marionberry. The Marionberry is the premium blackberry variety grown in Oregon with 23 million pounds harvested each year. Oregon produces the nations entire crop of commercial black raspberries and ranks second nationally in red raspberry production.  Boysenberries and Loganberries are also produced primarily in Oregon.

Oregon is known as the “Berry State” growing over fifty varieties of berries due to an exceptional climate. The long cool springs are followed by hot summer days with cool nights. These conditions allow Oregon berries to remain on the vine longer than berries grown in southern climates, developing an impressive taste profile and a higher level of phytonutrients. Recent studies show that Oregon berries contain a higher level of antioxidants and anthocyanins than berries grown in warmer climates, where the berries mature more quickly.

Oregon’s berries are grown on smaller family farms many of which have been in families for several generations. These farmers are committed to the highest standards of good agricultural practices. Processors in Oregon use state of the art traceability programs to ensure that berries grown here are the safest possible for consumers.

 Oregon’s berry crops are in demand not only for their great taste but also for their nutritional profile. Blackberries and raspberries consistently rank in the top five foods for antioxidant levels and are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and a host of polyphenols. Black raspberries have the distinction of being the only food currently  used in a human clinical trial for cancer. Black raspberries are being studied for their efficacy against esophageal and colon cancers.  More research is also underway studying the effect of blackberries and red raspberries on the diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and brain aging.  The emerging science indicates a positive effect on human health correlates with increased consumption of berries.

The Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission works to promote our berries to consumers, manufacturers and health and wellness professionals worldwide.  Currently the ORBC oversees a school nutrition outreach program that includes product development of low sugar berry products for use in school lunch programs.  The ORBC website has support materials for teachers, students, nutritionists and consumers who want to learn more about berries and their uses in healthy diets

Berry nutrition profiles make them an important part of a healthy diet. The unique properties of berries including their red, blue and black coloration give them nutrients that cannot be found in other fruits and vegetable. Dr. Gary Stoner of Ohio State University who has worked extensively with berries and their health properties often says “ Eat 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day but make sure one of them is berries”.  The Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission could not agree more.  We just say, “Eat Your Oregon Berries!”

Cat McKenzie
Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission or 541-456-2264