5 Raspberry pairings for summer

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to brighten up those flavors with a little something extra…raspberries! Add them to both sweet and savory recipes, in cocktails, appetizers, entrées and desserts as a tart accent. And while you’re at it, try these 5 tasty raspberry pairings to help get you through the summer months!

Tomatoes, basil, horseradish, hibiscus, basil and black olives. What do each of these ingredients have in common with raspberries? According to the science of Foodpairing®, each of these ingredients pairs well with raspberries because they share key aromas.

Raspberries + Tomatoes

raspberry pairings and tomato and mackerel

Why do they match?

Raspberries + Tomatoes share citrus (orange) and floral (floral) aromatic links in common.

Mackerel Ceviche with Red Curry – Raspberry Gazpacho: Mackerel is excellent prepared as a ceviche because its fishy flavor and high fat content hold up especially well against the citrus lime marinade. To balance these flavors, we create a sweet, spicy Thai red curry-seasoned gazpacho-like sauce from ripe tomatoes, raspberries and sweet pointed red peppers. Click here for the recipe.

Raspberry + Basil

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Why do they match?

Raspberries + Basil share citrus (orange) and spicy (clove) notes in common.

Sweet Ajo Blanco with raspberries, peaches and basil-infused olive oil: For dessert, we give Spanish ajo blanco a Foodpairing® twist by substituting sugar and vanilla beans for the usual garlic to get a light, sweet summery soup with raspberries, peaches and basil-infused olive oil. It’s especially delicious paired with a dark fruity Belgian beers such as Kasteel Rouge. Click here for the recipe.

Raspberries + Horseradish

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Why do they match?

Raspberries + Horseradish share similar floral (floral) aromas.

Raspberries, Beets, Roasted Tomatoes and Horseradish: The flavors of summer come together in this surprising appetizer made from raspberries, shaved beets and roasted cherry tomatoes. Served with cool, creamy dashes of horseradish for a subtle kick, it’s one that’s sure to impress your guests! Click here to see the recipe as a Foodpairing subscriber.

Raspberry + Hibiscus

raspberry pairings with hibiscus

Why do they match?

Raspberries + Hibiscus: both share spicy (clove) aromatic notes.

Raspberry Cooler with Rose, Hibiscus and Lychee: Beat the heat with this gin-based refreshing summer cooler made from fresh raspberries, lychee liqueur Kwai Feh, hibiscus tea and a hint of rose. Click here to see the recipe as a Foodpairing subscriber.

Raspberry + Black Olive

raspberry pairing with black olives

Why do they match?

Raspberry + Black Olive: citrus (orange) and green (grass)

Chocolate parfaits with raspberry – beet coulis and black olive crumble: Sweet and salty come together when we dress up dark chocolate parfaits with a fruity raspberry – beet coulis, topped with a salty crumble made from black olives. Pair it with Zacapa XO rum on the rocks…you’ll be glad you did. Click here for the recipe.

Other Raspberry pairings

Feeling inspired? Now you can use the science of Foodpairing® to create your own recipes based on the ingredient pairings below!

5 types of aromas in raspberries

Floral rose-like aroma: blueberries, blackberries, watermelon, carrots, green asparagus, almonds, black and green teas

Fruity coconut-peach aroma: stone fruits, cheese, buttermilk, cognac and rum

Citrus-orange aroma: orange, lime, yuzu, passionfruit (maracuja), cilantro, lemongrass, lemon verbena, kaffir lime leaf, huacatay and ginger

Spicy clove aroma: fresh basil, bay leaves, ají mirasol, cinnamon, sambuca and cognac

Green grass aroma: apricot, apple, avocado, artichokes and eggplant


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