WARNING! This may look like a blackberry, but nope – it’s a little different, it’s a black raspberry! Who knew!?

Here’s how to spot the difference – according to food writer Julie Thomson:

  • The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is by the core, where the stem attaches to the berry. Blackberries will always have a white core, whereas black raspberries are hollow in the center (just like raspberries).
  • Black raspberries are a small, black-colored raspberry covered with very small hairs (much like a raspberry). Blackberries are usually larger, with bigger “cells.”
  • Blackberries are sometimes described as shinier than black raspberries.
  • Black raspberries are harvested earlier than blackberries, and can also handle the cold better.
  • Black raspberries are said to be less tart than blackberries, making them better for eating fresh (though they also make great jams). Blackberries, which can sometimes be rather sour, are great berries for making dessert.

Black raspberries and red raspberries have many health benefits that we often overlook because of their typical flavouring in common foods, but here are some reasons why you should be introducing black raspberries into you diet.

They are high in antioxidants:

Various studies have demonstrated that in comparison to other fruit and health foods, black raspberries show a significant amount of antioxidant substance. Antioxidants are nutrients, such as vitamins like E and C,  that can prevent or slow oxidative damage throughout the body. These nutrients can an help the body function normally and fight off nasty infections.

They have anti-cancer properties:

Raspberries have been shown to be one of the best breast cancer  and cervical cancer fighting foods, but in addition these nutritious-filled little berries may also offer protection against other types of cancer. Studies suggest that both red and black raspberries slow down and stunt the growth of human oral, breast, colon, and prostate tumour cells when grown in test tubes. Black raspberries also contain strong pro-apoptotic effects. Pro-apoptotic means to fight off unwanted or abnormal cells, which may be the cause of illness or disease.

They are anti-inflammatory:

When you take an anti-inflammatory pain-killer or drug, such as ibuprofen,  they inhibit cyclooxygenases, chemicals that are produced by the body as a response to pain and send to your brain, but these drugs can often have unwanted side effects. Studies have shows that red raspberries, black raspberries and other fruit contain these properties and can be a natural alternative to pain killer substances.

They can help your cardiovascular system:

In addition raspberries have significant abilities to prevent LDL oxidation, which is one of the top causes of high blood pressure. Studies have found that only blackberries were more effective at inhibiting LDL oxidation than red raspberries in test tubes. LDL oxidation is a key indicator of cardiovascular disease risk, and by preventing this you can improve you blood health.