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Buying Tips

Look for plump, shiny blackberries; most varieties will have a core to which the drupelets are attached, but this does not indicate that they are immature. If the berries have a rich aroma, they are ripe. Check the bottom of the container to make sure it has not been stained by crushed or moldy fruit.


Most varieties of blackberries, such as the Evergreen Blackberry, are sold under the generic “blackberry” label. One exception is the Marion Blackberry, or Marionberry, a flavorful cross between the Chehalem and Olallieberry blackberries.

In addition to fresh blackberries, some food markets sell bags of frozen blackberries and cans of blackberries in sweet syrup.

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