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Question: We moved into a new home that has some kind of berries on a vine, they are almost black when they are ripe. I do know they are not black berries because they do not have thorns. My question is what kind of berry could they be and also when picking them do I just pick the berry and leave the stem or should I cut the stem from the vine? The vines are growing on a homemade semi-type trellis. Many of the berries are almost 3/4 to 1 inch in size. They have a strawberry type of blossom before they bear fruit. Hope you can help me.

Answer: Don't rule out blackberries - there are thornless kinds. If the fruits look just like blackberries but the only difference is that there are no thorns on the canes, they're probably Triple Crown Thornless blackberries (these are very popular in the Pacific Northwest). Waldo is another thornless cultivar. Harvest as you would any blackberry - pull the fruit from the vine. It isn't necessary to cut it, or to leave the cap or stem attached. You might take samples to your local Cooperative Extension office for positive identification of your berry vine. Enjoy your berries!

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