6 hours ago
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
there are a handful of native food plants that i am an unceasing advocate of. one of these is the mysterious, magical and drop dead sexy black raspberry. everybody knows and loves the cane fruits (blackberry, raspberry, etc) but few realize how diverse this genus is, and how all of its members provide such excellent food in many forms. like a lot of the rose family, rubus is broadly edible and food safe across the board. meaning, the young shoots are a vegetable, the leaves are tea, and the fruit is... amazing. there are no absolutes but if you encounter an aggregate fruit born on canes with a 3 or 5 leaflet set and flowers in the 5/5 pattern of rosacea (think cherry blossom), you prolly got a rubus.
this one is exceptional. black raspberry has a beautiful jet black color (different from the gorgeous ruddy black of blackberries) and ghostly filmed (glaucus) canes which go from a subtle pale green-blue when young to a brilliant purplish red as they age and harden.
the fruit is basically perfect. a balance of tart and sweet, it has a depth of flavor and complexity that raspberries only hint at. blackcaps are firmer than raspberries, with less of an acidic/tart juice and dry extremely well. jam, liqueur, ice cream, etc can be made with the fresh ones but i usually just shove them in my berry hole while juice dribbles down, chinwise. if i can beat the birds.
guys i really like black raspberry.
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