Caneberries: Blackberries, Raspberries, and Relatives

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On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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Caneberries are fruits of the genus Rubus, which grows naturally across most of the temperate northern hemisphere in the form of long thin, thorny stalks, or canes. There are hundreds of species of blackberry native to both Europe and the Americas, but just a few species of raspberry. Serious caneberry cultivation probably began around 1500, and a number of blackberry-raspberry hybrids have been created, including boysenberry, loganberry, youngberry, and tayberry from American species, the Bedford giant from European species. Less familiar caneberries include cloudberries, a yellow-orange Scandinavian fruit, and dark red, intensely aromatic Arctic bramble fruits.