The fruit of Rubus Idaeus, Linné (Nat. Ord. Rosaceae). Cultivated.
Common Name: Raspberry.
Principal Constituents.—Malic and citric acids, laevulose, 4.6 per cent and dextrose (2.5).
Preparation.—Syrupus Rubi Idaei, Syrup of Raspberry (chiefly a vehicle).
Action and Therapy.—An infusion of the leaves is useful in the diarrhea of relaxation, with copious watery discharges. The fruit as prepared in a syrup—Syrupus Rubi Idaei—is highly prized as a flavored vehicle for medicines and for the beautiful color it imparts to pharmaceutical mixtures. Diluted and iced it forms an agreeable acidulous drink for fever patients. A refreshing fever drink is also prepared by mixing equal parts of syrup of raspberry and vinegar and diluting with water to taste.