Berries are usually sold under their generic names, as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Each type actually has many hybrids which look and taste similar but mature at different times, thus extending the growing season. Occasionally, they’ll be labeled with their individual names.
Look for these varieties from the Northwest:
BLACKBERRIES (July through September)
Marionberries -The queen of blackberries, against whose deep flavor all other berries are judged
Boysenberries -Sweeter and juicier than marionberries but less intense
Wild Evergreen and Himalayan -Looked down on by cultivators as bitter and one-dimensional, these are the blackberries that grow on brambles around the West
Loganberries -A blackberry-raspberry cross, the red-hued loganberry dates from the 1880s and was a staple of the berry industry until the marionberry appeared in 1956. It’s much bigger than a raspberry and is juicy and sweet, like a blackberry should be.
BLUEBERRIES (June through September)
Duke -First to ripen; slightly sweeter than other varieties
Elliott -Mid-season; deep flavor makes them particularly good for baking
Aurora -Last to market- usually well into September
RASPBERRIES (June, July, and September)
Black -Short July season. Drier than red ones; seedy and a bit tart. Hard to find beyond local farmers’ markets
Golden -Sweeter & more delicately flavored than red ones
Red -Available throughout the growing season; rarely labeled with variety name