Rosy berry


Illustration by KYLE SHINE

A rose is a rose, unless it’s a raspberry. The Rubus genus encompasses roses and raspberries, both fragrant but thorny. The berries are an aggregate of drupelets, or mini fruits—each with a seed—that form as a cup around a stem. While we most often see rosy red berries, they also grow in purple, white and “blue” varieties. The plants are hardy, but the berries should be eaten as soon as possible after picking. Fortunately, they complement salads, cheeses, grilled meats and desserts, so be a glutton while they’re in season.