Who Knew? Black Raspberries and Red Raspberries Are Very Different!

red and black raspberries

For many people, red and black raspberries are interchangeable. But they couldn’t be more different. They are actually completely different species!

The black raspberry is a hybrid of the red raspberry and blackberry and has a sweeter and more complex taste than either berry.


How Black and Red Raspberries Are Different

Although black raspberries are a hybrid of the red raspberry and the blackberry, they are generally treated as separate species. This is because they are so different from the red raspberry and the blackberry. They have different growing conditions, for one thing. Black raspberry plants are native to Europe, grow in a conical shape, have a difficult time reproducing without intervention, and only produce 4-8 berries, each the size of a raisin. Red raspberry plants are native to North America,  grow in a bush shape, are self-fertile, and produce 10-20 berries, each the size of a grape.


Interesting Facts About The Black Raspberry

black raspberries

  • Black Raspberries have a more complex taste than either of the berries from which they are derived.
  • They are more delicate than other berries and therefore need to be handled differently.
  • They are not generally used for a dessert that you bake because they have a very short shelf life.
  • Black raspberries are actually a dark purple color.
  • They are not particularly common in the wild, but they are commonly grown commercially.
  • They are rich in antioxidants, low in sugar, and they have almost no fat and very few calories.


Food and Drink That Use Black Raspberry Fruit or Flavor

black raspberry jelly

  • Chocolate chip ice cream
  • Jam/jelly
  • Extracts
  • Tea
  • Syrup
  • Anything with wild berries, such as yogurt


Easy Smoothie Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons fresh or frozen black raspberries
  • 1 cup milk (whole, non-fat, soy, or almond)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

I like to put toppings on my smoothies, such as fresh bananas, granola, and shredded coconut. Some people like to put marshmallows on top of them. I have never tried that, but it sounds delicious!


Where to Buy

black raspberries

You can usually find black raspberries at grocery stores and smoothie shops, but if you can’t find them locally, then you can always order them online at Amazon.

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Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.