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Difference Between Blackberries and Raspberries

Blackberries vs raspberries

If you want a DIY fruit dessert then you must consider picking it off from your garden so that, of course, the main ingredients are fresh and real juicy. The most common DIY fruit desserts are made out from raspberries and blackberries. These fruits only create the most succulent desserts that fill any of man’s sweet tooth cravings. But how would you know if your home grown raspberries or blackberries are ready for the taking? And if you’re not up to make two varieties of fruit desserts, which one of the two would you pick?

Although these two fruits have berries at the end of its names, belonged to the same family of Rosaceae and the genus Rumbus, and are often termed as “brambles” these two are actually very different. They have different tastes and the other is actually more ideal on pastries and desserts than the other one, while the other berry is ideal only to be eaten when hand picked. Some people even have difficulty telling them apart. Well here are the definitions of the two.

Raspberries and black raspberries are juicy and winey fruits. There are two types of it— the red and the black raspberries. Red raspberries originated from Europe while the black raspberries are native of the US. Cultures form different parts of the world eat raspberries because of its love-inducing properties. It is even taken in as a tea to avoid morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy. Raspberries are wonderful snacks. They grow on areas where it is not too hot, but on places where they can be totally soaking in the sun. It prefers sandy and loamy soils that are rich in organic materials.

Blackberries on the other hand, are a dark purple berry aggregate fruit that is susceptible to cold. It is very abundant in the Northern US, in the Pacific, and in Europe. There are also two types of blackberries— the erect and the trailing blackberries. The erect blackberries usually have stiff canes that are self supporting while the trailing blackberries or sometimes called dewberries are quite the opposite. Blackberries prefer light sandy soil and locations that are protected from the cold wind.

Here are the distinctions of the two brambles:


Blackberries have smoother textures compared to the skin of the raspberries which are known to have tiny hairs.

Blackberries are preferred to be used in cooking pastries because they are more tart compared to raspberries, while raspberries are best when hand-picked and eaten with cereals.

Raspberries are preferred in wine making because of its famous flavor and aroma than blackberries.

Raspberries quickly ripen compared to blackberries. Blackberries take really long to ripe that even when you’ve already harvested raspberries, it would take weeks and weeks before you can start harvesting the blackberries.

When you also harvest raspberries, you would notice a hole in its core. While blackberries still have its stem in it as you harvest them.

Blackberries and raspberries are mostly processed leaving only 10% of the entire production as sold ‘fresh’ on the market. Processed berries are made for jams, juices, ice creams, yogurts, preserves, and many more.



Blackberries and raspberries cam from the same family Rosaceae and the genus Rumbus and are often called as brambles.

Although both look the same, they are classified differently. Blackberries and raspberries differ in the skin texture, the taste, the aroma, the length of time it takes for it to become ripe and its physical appearance as you harvest them.

Both of the brambles are processed leaving only 10% to be sold as ‘fresh’.

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