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About black raspberries
Black raspberries were first domesticated around 1860, but commercial production of the fruit has been in decline since 1920. The fruit is not easy to produce and sell commercially as it is susceptible to diseases and does not provide a large profit for the seller. The more popular red raspberry has also taken over the berry market. If you happen to find black raspberries in a farmer's market or in the store, take the time to sample them as they may be less well-known but are packed with flavor.
Black raspberries are native to eastern North America and go by other names, such as the black cap raspberry, and are more commonly found growing in the coastal states. The fruit grows on trees that range from 7 to 10 feet tall, and each berry is between 12 and 15 millimeters in diameter. Black raspberries are a tad smaller than other raspberries but share a similar form. Black raspberries have a dark-purple color when ripe and a reddish color before they ripen.
Given the particular dark color when ripe, black raspberries also have a high anthocyanin content, which makes them useful as a natural dye. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture uses the dye from black raspberries to stamp the different beef grades. The dye from the berries is a deep purple with hints of red.
The main black raspberry production is located in Oregon, where many varieties are grown, including the most popular, Munger. Other cultivars include Allen, Jewel, Plum Farmer, and Hanover. The yield of black raspberry is low per acre, and this is why they cost more at the store. Black raspberries are usually available in the summer. The flavor is both tart and sweet at the same time. Once the black raspberry is ripe, the shelf-life of the fruit is very short.
The best way to enjoy the flavor of black raspberries all year round is to make a black raspberry jam. Gather some black raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice and bring to a simmer in a pan. The berries will release their juice and thicken after about ten minutes. Once it reaches a gel-like consistency, put it in jam jars and store it in the fridge. Enjoy on toasted bread, on a cheese plate, or by itself.
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