Our Favorite Berry Varieties

The juice, the seedy bits, the heady perfume, and the indigo stains: Bring on all the sweet and tart stuff that summer berries give!

A Berry Glossary

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A Berry Glossary

Whether you’re seeking pucker, sweetness, red, yellow, or blue, there’s a berry for all of your dishes, jams, desserts, and cocktails.

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Yellow Raspberry

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Yellow Raspberry

A pale cousin of the red raspberry, with the same flavor; adds great color to salads.

Blackberry

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Blackberry

Glossy black, caviar-like beads burst on the tongue. Jammy and often tart, reminiscent of full-bodied red wines. Lots of crunchy seeds.

Blueberry

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Blueberry

Sweet, plump, and juicy, with tons of tiny seeds within. Look for firm but not underripe berries. If you can find the tiny wild ones, dig in. Loaded with natural thickening pectin.

Huckleberry

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Huckleberry

Inky-black berry with thicker skin and more pucker than a blueberry. Makes a great tart jam, or a great tart tart.

Red Raspberry

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Red Raspberry

Perfect raspberries are soft, small, and amazingly perfumed. They spoil quickly. Balance the sweet, floral flavor with just a dollop of tangy crème fraîche.

Gooseberry

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Gooseberry

Fruit that looks like a Thompson grape's offbeat cousin, with funky stripes and stubby stems. The tart flavor is unique, with notes of apricot and plum. Perfect for a late-summer cocktail.

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