Friday, August 5, 2011

Black Raspberries/Les framboises noires

These black raspberries grow in sandy soil in Lansing, New York on a hillside overlooking Cayuga Lake.  The ripe berry is black.
 Raspberries are a bramble fruit which are formed of several smaller fruits called drupelets.  The drupelets are all attached to the fibrous central core of the fruit.  One way the black raspberry differs from the blackberry is that when the raspberry is picked the core remains with the plant and a hollow center is created on the harvested fruit.  In the blackberry, the drupelets remain attached to the core which comes off with the fruit when picked.