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What colors are blackberries and blueberries?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I'm sure you've heard the saying to eat the rainbow or the Wahls recommendation to eat at least 3 colors a day. As the names imply, blackberries and blueberries are two different colors (black and blue) but they look pretty close to me. What do you all think? Are they uniquely interesting or do they just have different names?

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:49 PM

You could mix green and red cabbage and take care of 2 colors with one vegetable.

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I've always found them uniquely interesting. If you focus on color on vacciniums alone you can eat the spectra from red cranberries and lingonberries to blueberries to purple huckleberries. Blackberries are not half as interesting though...

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Beets, red peppers, rhubarb, tomatoes (they'll always be a vegetable to me).

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Here is FAR more information than you wanted: http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/19298/PDF The first half is mostly grape related, but after that it breaks down anthocyanin, flavonol glycosides, and ORAC scores for black vs blue berries. Um, in short - I think they're similar enough! :)

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:18 PM

I'm eating a bowl of blackberries as I type this...

These ones are more reddish, look almost like raspberries. However, most other blackberries I've eaten (which is a lot, they're my favourite berry) are a very dark purple, almost indeed black. I've only eaten wild blackberries from a patch behind my house and another up the shore, so I'm not sure about the cultivated ones...

Blueberries can vary quite a bit in colour, depending on the soil they're grown in. I've seen pale blue (grown wild in a very acidic, Northern soil), and a deep purple (grown wild in soil rich in iron). Plus there's different types of blueberries as well.

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on May 17, 2012
at 12:38 AM

They are purple. So says George Carlin.

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Technically they are both hues of purple or blue purple depending on the blueberry.

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I always thought they were the same color blue/purple. My question is - what color is red cabbage - red or purple? What other red veggies are there?

Thanks for asking - great question!

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on May 16, 2012
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You could mix green and red cabbage and take care of 2 colors with one vegetable.

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Beets, red peppers, rhubarb, tomatoes (they'll always be a vegetable to me).

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