Black Cap Raspberries

If you are a hunter of the wild asparagus, or any type of forager, you have probably come across the black cap raspberries which grow wild all across the Mid-Atlantic states. They are abundant at the edges of fields and wooded areas. They often grow intermingled with plain old wild blackberries. However, the black cap raspberries are much sweeter than their sourish blackberry cousins. In my own backyard, in Western Howard County, Maryland, these babies are ripening right now.

Black cap raspberries grow in clusters on their prickery canes. The berries in each cluster ripen individually. They are not fully ripe (or sweet) until they turn black. When ripe, they slide easily off the stem with no resistance. These berries are very delicate once picked and will not last long, even in the fridge. Plan to use them or freeze them immediately.

Health benefits of the black raspberry are numerous. These little gems contain loads of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are particularly high in Vitamin C and potassium.

But flavor is the real reason to munch on a bunch of these berries! They are packed with delicious, musky, sweet juiciness. You can toss them into muffins, pancakes, smoothies, or preserves. You can sprinkle them over your Greek yogurt or your bowl of cereal. They will be an awesome addition of any summertime dessert.

Happy hunting!