Blackberries vs. Black Raspberries: 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.

Blackberries vs Black Raspberries

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.


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. And when it comes to health benefits, North America blackberries barely have the same nutritional benefits as black raspberries.

Black Raspberries

Unlike blackberries, black raspberries are much smaller and resemble their red raspberry cousins. They do not appear glossy but instead have tiny protective hairs on their outside. They do not have a core - they have a hollow center, giving them the nickname, blackcap, since farmers are able to take them off the bush without a plug. 

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 also considered one of the healthiest berries on the planet. They contain three times the levels of antioxidants as blackberries and the berries also contain a large number of anthocyanins according to Oregon State University Food Science

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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