Black Raspberries vs. Blackberries: What’s the Difference?

There’s a lot of confusion out there over berries. Specifically, delicious blackberries and black raspberries keep getting mixed up. They’re both wonderful berries – great for pies or long, lazy spring afternoons. But it’s important we give them their due respect, so let’s get to know them a little better.

So what is the difference between blackberries and black raspberries? That’s an excellent question. If you’re like a lot of folks, you may not have even known black raspberries exist, let alone that they cause so much confusion.

Both blackberries and black raspberries are a type of small berry with a tart, fruity flavor. While they may look similar at a quick glance, there are some very big differences between the two.

Blackberries

First, blackberries are larger than black raspberries. They have larger, bulging cells, and look glossy.

They also have a white core (this is called a ‘plug’) in their center. Blackberries are sweeter and less tart than black raspberries.

Black Raspberries

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Black raspberries are much smaller and resemble their red cousins. They do not appear glossy, but instead have tiny protective hairs on their outside. They do not have a core – their centers are hollow.

Black raspberries have a unique flavor –very fruity, and not as tart as blackberries. Black raspberries make great jams. In addition to having a bright, fruity taste, these berries are incredibly healthy. They contain three times the antioxidants as blackberries!

Now that you know the difference, you can appreciate both berries for what they bring to the table. I love starting my mornings with black raspberry jam from France. Blackberries are a favorite ice cream topping of mine, and pie filling. Go find your favorite!

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