Food & Drink

Blackberry vs Black Raspberry: What's The Difference?

Don't live in berry ignorance another minute.

If there's one thing you need to learn before summer ends, it's this: there is an amazing berry called a black raspberry and even though it looks a whole lot like a blackberry it is not the same thing. It is absolutely delicious and should be sought out before the season is over.

This is a black raspberry:
black raspberries
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We know, it looks a whole lot like a blackberry. But it's different, promise. Take a look:

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See? It's true that the difference is small, but each berry has its own defining characteristics. And, if you want to be sure to enjoy both berries this summer -- which you really should -- you need to know what they are.

Here it is:

  • The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is by the core, where the stem attaches to the berry. Blackberries will always have a white core, whereas black raspberries are hollow in the center (just like raspberries).

  • Black raspberries are a small, black-colored raspberry covered with very small hairs (much like a raspberry). Blackberries are usually larger, with bigger "cells."
  • Blackberries are sometimes described as shinier than black raspberries.
  • Black raspberries are harvested earlier than blackberries, and can also handle the cold better.
  • Black raspberries are said to be less tart than blackberries, making them better for eating fresh (though they also make great jams). Blackberries, which can sometimes be rather sour, are great berries for making dessert.
  • Now that you are berry educated, take advantage of the season and eat lots of berries (black, red or otherwise).

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