The Difference Between Blackberries and Black Raspberries

I was curious to figure out if our backyard bush was indeed a blackberry or perhaps instead, a black raspberry bush.

After some research online (isn’t google grand?), I am now fairly confident that we have a BLACKBERRY bush, not raspberry.

The big difference is the way the stem affects the berry. A raspberry has a hollow opening when picked, the blackberry does not.

Here is a close up of some organic raspberries I bought a few weeks ago:

raspberries have hollow fruit

And here is a photo of a few of the blackberries picked a few days ago from the backyard bush. The blackberry has a white core from the stem.

blackberries have a white core

I found this web page on wikihow that explains it very well, with photos too.

Blackberries in Backyard

I don’t know why I never noticed these berries before this season. We’ve been living in our home for a couple of summers, but for some reason, I never really paid attention!

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I saw a few branches of green berries. I tried googling, but couldn’t decipher if they were unripened blackberries. I wasn’t sure when the season began for berries in New England; I assumed they should have been ripened by now, so I figured they were inedible.

But suddenly, yay, I noticed some of the berries were turning red, then a dark blue/black. I picked a couple and brought them inside. After carefully and gently washing them, I bravely took a bite. A little bit sour, but they were edible.

blackberries on backyard bush

I have picked three batches so far, picking every 2-3 days! It’s exciting to be able to gather fresh blackberries from my own backyard!

blackberries on backyard bush

Last time, I mixed them with sweet blueberries from the CSA farm, and yum! I love eating healthy. This has been the most food adventurous summer I have ever had! I have found such an appreciation for so many different seasonal foods. Summer is definitely my favorite season, but it’s going to be fun to come into autumn’s veggies too. It’s just so exciting! I am so inspired!

blackberries from backyard