Blackberries are characterized by their coloring, their unique composition and their flavor. Like raspberries, Blackberries are not technically a berry, but rather an aggregate fruit of individual drupes held together by very fine, nearly invisible hairs. Blackberries do not have a hollow center, instead they have a solid, edible core. When ripe, Blackberries have a deep inky sheen with purple highlights. They are succulent, soft, and juicy. Their flavor is sweet, slightly tart, with earthy undertones.
Blackberries are available year-round with a peak season in summer.
The sweet-tart flavor and earthy quality of Blackberries allows them to be used in both sweet and savory applications. The moderately high acidity of Blackberries cuts through the rich flavors of creamy and aged cheeses, or rich fatty meats. Blackberries can be added to ice creams, jams and baked goods. Blackberries also pair well with nuts, aged balsamic vinegar, salad greens, figs, and leafy herbs.