Jul 15, 2014
These little gems are like candy! And yes, they look like miniature blackberries, but so pleasantly different and delicious. This sweet basket = the best $5 I've spent all year.
Their flavor familiar, but not quite red raspberry. More reminiscent of the highly addictive gummy candy from my youth, which you can apparently buy on ebay these days. However, black raspberries are a "whole other kind of berry." [Huffington Post article cited below]
As I popped the berries in my mouth one by one, I hopped on Google to read up.
I found this short article on Huffington Post from last summer outlining what you need to know about the black raspberry.
Here's what you need to know:
1. 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).
2. Black raspberries are a small, black-colored raspberry covered with very small hairs (much like a raspberry). Blackberries are usually larger, with bigger "cells."
3. Blackberries are sometimes described as shinier than black raspberries.
4. Black raspberries are harvested earlier than blackberries, and can also handle the cold better.
5. 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.
If you have an opportunity to pick black raspberries or snag a basket at your local farmers market or grocery, do it! Worth every penny in deliciousness.