Is a blackberry just like a raspberry? Can you eat wild blackberries? In this article, we'll be discussing everything blackberry to give you an idea of what they taste like, what their texture is, how to use them in recipes and everything in between.
Let's dive in...
What Do Blackberries Taste Like?
Blackberries are sweet with the ripest blackberries being the sweetest. The less ripe a blackberry is, the tarter or blander it will be.
Usually, blackberries are a lot like grapes in that they're not too varied in flavor. However, some blackberries can be bitter or even sour.
Juicy and plump, blackberries are soft like strawberries, especially when very ripe. However, they are a bit firm in the center.
Less ripe blackberries will be firmer on the outside rather than juicy, but blackberries age quickly. In a matter of days, they could be mushy, or worse, moldy.
Do You Eat the Middle of a Blackberry?
It can be a little strange when you hit the center of a blackberry for the first time, but you do indeed eat the whole blackberry, middle and all.
Some people find the middle a little bitter, but not everyone does. It may depend on how fresh or ripe the blackberry is.
Are Blackberries or Raspberries Sweeter?
Most of the time, blackberries are the sweeter of the two. Even when very ripe, raspberries are pretty tart. Blackberries aren't usually that tart, and most are very sweet when fully ripened.
There are always exceptions to the rule. It's possible to get really sweet raspberries and really puckery blackberries.
Can You Get Sick from Eating Wild Blackberries?
Foraging is a tricky business. You should always exercise extreme caution when you stumble upon wild berries, even if you think you recognize them straight away.
If you've found a true blackberry bush, the wild berries won't make you sick. They should be picked when ripe, though, as they won't ripen once they leave the vine.
Blackberry Serving Tips
You've got a bunch of ripe blackberries that need to be eaten. What do you do with them? We know! How about blackberry crumble pie or blackberry cornmeal pancakes?
Crumbles are perfect summertime desserts. For this vegan blackberry crumble pie, here's everything you'll need:
- Pitted dates
- Nut butter
- Coconut Oil
- Cocoa powder
- Agave syrup
Ever try cornmeal pancakes? If you like cornbread, you'll love cornmeal pancakes dotted with fresh blackberries. Here are the ingredients:
- Whole wheat flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Rice milk (or any vegan milk)
- Vegan butter
Sweeter and juicier than raspberries, blackberries are some of nature's most delightful (but ephemeral) treats. We suggest trying them all by themselves first, but there are so many tempting vegan eats you can make with blackberries that it'll be tough to figure out what you want to try first. Do add blackberries to your pancakes and muffins, but add them to raw vegan cheesecakes, compotes, sauces and crumbles, too.