Why Do Raspberries Come In So Many Colors?

Why Do Raspberries Come In So Many Colors?

The Many Colors Of Raspberries

Raspberries are a popular fruit that come in a variety of colors, including red, black, purple, and golden. While all raspberry varieties share some similarities in terms of growing and harvesting, there are some key differences between the different colors. The difference in taste with different colored raspberries is one of the key factors growers consider before choosing their plants. 

Different colored raspberries also have some differences when it comes to growing, harvesting, and baking the berries. In this article, we will explore some of these key differences and help you make the best decision on which type of raspberry you should grow. 

(Featured Image: Yellow Raspberries by O. Studholme)

Primary Raspberry Colors

1. Red Raspberries

Red raspberries are the most commonly grown variety and are well-suited for growing in most regions, including northern climates. They have a sweet and slightly tart flavor and are often used in desserts, jams, and preserves. Red raspberries are typically ready for harvest in late June or early July and are picked by gently pulling the fruit from the stem. Red raspberries are also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

We recommend the Heritage Everbearing raspberry if you’re looking for a delicious red raspberry variety with a continuous harvest!

Red raspberries are one of several colors of raspberries.

Red Raspberries by Malcom Manners

2. Black Raspberries

Black raspberries have a rich, sweet flavor and are often used in pies, jams, and other baked goods. They are typically smaller and more fragile than red raspberries, and are often hand-picked to avoid damaging the delicate fruit. Black raspberries are ready for harvest in mid-July and are a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Black raspberries require full sun and well-drained soil to grow, and are best suited for warmer climates.

The Cumberland Black raspberry is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a fast-growing and compact black raspberry. This is a favorite for both fresh eating and baking!

Black raspberries grown in a container garden.

Michigan Black Raspberry by Frankieleon

3. Purple Raspberries

Purple raspberries are a hybrid between red and black raspberries and have a unique flavor that combines the sweetness of red raspberries with the depth of flavor of black raspberries. They are typically ready for harvest in mid-July and are best suited for growing in warmer climates with well-drained soil. Purple raspberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

Purple raspberry, a cross between a red and a black raspberry.

Purple Raspberry

4. Golden/Yellow Raspberry

Golden raspberries have a mild, sweet flavor that is similar to red raspberries. They are typically larger and more fragile than red raspberries, and are often hand-picked to avoid damaging the fruit. Golden raspberries are ready for harvest in mid-July and are a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. They are best suited for growing in warmer climates with well-drained soil.

Want to grow 2 colors of raspberries on a single plant? Check out this awesome 3-in-1 combo plant that has Autumn Britten Red Raspberry, Jaclyn Red Raspberry, and Fall Gold Yellow Raspberry varieties on one bush.

Yellow raspberries on a plant, one of three colors of raspberries.

Yellow Raspberries by O. Studholme

Growing Raspberries

Raspberries are relatively easy to grow and can be grown in a variety of climates and soil types. They prefer well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, and require full sun for optimal growth. Raspberries should be planted in the early spring, and require regular watering to ensure that the soil stays moist. Pruning is also an important part of raspberry care, as it helps to promote new growth and maintain the overall health of the plant.

For a complete guide on planting and growing different varieties of raspberries, check out our Raspberry Growing Guide!

How To Harvest Raspberries

Raspberries should be harvested when they are fully ripe and easily come off the stem with a gentle tug. Overripe raspberries can become mushy and lose flavor, so it is important to pick them at the right time. Raspberries should be picked in the morning when they are cool, and should be handled gently to avoid bruising or damaging the fruit.

Baking With Raspberries

Raspberries are a popular fruit for baking and can be used in a variety of recipes, including pies, cakes, and muffins. When using raspberries in baking, it is important to handle them gently to avoid crushing the fruit. Raspberries can also be frozen and stored for later use in baked goods or smoothies.

Pick Out Your Raspberries Today!

While all raspberry varieties share some similarities in terms of growing and harvesting, there are some key differences between the different colors in terms of taste, growing conditions, harvesting, and baking. Whether you prefer the sweetness of red raspberries or the depth of flavor of black raspberries, there is a raspberry variety to suit every taste and growing condition.

If you live in Northern Michigan and want to start your own raspberry patch, Bright Lane Gardens is a one stop shop for everything you need to get started! We carry different varieties of red, black, and yellow raspberries that are available as a bare root plant or in pots. Check out our selection online and pre-order for the upcoming season!

Numerous pints of red raspberries and black raspberries in teal containers set up in repeating rows.

Photo By: Scott 97006