Difference Between Raspberries & Blackberries

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This dessert contains both blackberries and raspberries
This dessert contains both blackberries and raspberries (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of jules)

At a glance, raspberries and blackberries may seem nearly identical, especially when black raspberries are considered. But they are two distinctly different plants that can be distinguished by several characteristics.

Group

Both blackberries and raspberries are in the brambles category, thorny plants in the Rubus genus. Blackberry plants produce black, roundish fruit and are generally taller, while raspberry plants produce light red or black oblong berries and have more thorns.

Core

If a core, also called the torus or rasp, is left on the vine when the berry is picked, the berry is a raspberry. Blackberry cores will stay inside the berry.

Center

After leaving the core behind on the vine, raspberries will have a hollow center. Blackberries will not have this indentation and thus will be heavier but also more full of seeds.

Tolerance

Raspberries survive much better than blackberries in colder temperatures. Blackberries tend to die off if the thermometer dips below -10 F unless they are insulated by snow.

Ripening

Raspberries generally ripen in the middle of summer, earlier than blackberries, which follow soon after.

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