Asked July 22, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

why are some of the outside area whiteish instead of black on my berries. the individual meat around the seed are white in some spots instead of black.

Delaware disease fruit blackberries berry disorder

1 Response

What you describe is probably "white druplet", a physiological disorder in blackberries and raspberries. White druplet is caused by sunlight, often following a change in temperature, such as a sudden sunny day following a humid cloudy day. White druplet is characterized by a change in color on some of the individual druplets on a larger berry. Some researchers have indicated that it is like a sunburn or sunscald, while others have thought it might also be linked to damage from insects such as stinkbugs. However, it is not a disease, should not get worse or spread, and will not affect the flavor of the berries. It is a bit curious though!