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The Raspberries

Black Raspberry Purple Flowering Raspberry Blackberry
Black Raspberry
Rubus occidentalis
Purple Flowering Raspberry
Rubus odoratus
Highbush Blackberry
Rubus allegheniensis

Almost anywhere you go in the U.S. you'll find raspberries and blackberries of one or more species of this large group. Many of them are known and enjoyed in their local area.

One, however, is often overlooked- The Purple Flowering Raspberry. Looking like a tiny, red, knitted Yarmulka, (but tasting much better!) it's found in New England, the Great Lakes, and as far south as northern Georgia. In the Midwest and West, you'll find its better known, close relative, the White Flowering Raspberry, or Salmonberry (Rubus parviflorus) and in the Northwest, especially British Columbia. It has much smaller seeds than other raspberries and a distinctive, tangy-sweet flavor. Because the seeds are small enough to break easily as you chew, it may be a significant source of protein and fat as well as the usual sugars, vitamin C, anthocyanin anti-oxidants, and other typical berry nutrients. Look for it at the edge of wooded areas, along roadsides and stream banks. It seems to bear more abundantly in deeper shade than its relatives.

 

 

 

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