Hi. Do you know what kind of berries these are. They both black and red on...

Asked August 21, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT

Hi. Do you know what kind of berries these are. They both black and red on the same plant. Maybe ripe and unripe. They are along the woods at our cabin

Crow Wing County Minnesota black raspberries

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These are Rubus occidentalis. - or Blackcap raspberries. They are native plants and are common in wooded areas around here, and are prized for their intense raspberry flavor. They can become somewhat invasive, forming wicked, thorny thickets that make harvesting a challenge, but many folks consider it worthwhile. Here is a little information about some of our wild fruits in this area:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/wild-and-edible-fruits-of-minnesota/

And more information about growing cultivated rapsberries:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/raspberries-for-the-home-garden/index.html

I hope this is helpful. Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.