Why is raspberry often blue?

Written by Joel

SMS/text answer services are becoming more popular. Essentially for a premium text message cost of £1 you can text a question (160 characters) to one of the various companies who promise an answer within half an hour or so. If they can’t find an answer there is no charge.

82ASK (82275) and AQA (63336) are two of the UK’s biggest providers, however Google has it’s own SMS answer service (US only at the moment), Yahoo Answers has launched, Microsoft are testing their version, and there are other websites, such as www.askmenow.com available.

A friend has tried 82ASK (82275) a couple of times to settle arguments or to find answers to a question a Google internet search cannot provide. Both times the replies have been impressively quick.

However they could not answer the question, “Why are raspberry flavoured foods sometimes blue? And don’t just say because strawberry is red” (as that explains why raspberry is not red, not why it is blue). There was no charge us for trying, so I was still very impressed. Let us know if you know the answer!

Update: Read the comments for the answer!


Comments

5 Responses to “Why is raspberry often blue?”

  1. paul

    And you didn’t try texting it to 63336? We’ve had this question many times before, and the answer is because there are raspberries that are blue, and this is why this colour is often adopted to differentiate it from red strawberries.

    The blue raspberry, or Rubus leucodermis, is also known as the blackcap raspberry, or whitebark raspberry. You can also get black raspberrys!

    There, saved you £1 instead of you texting AQA!

  2. Joel

    Paul, you’ve just won yourself a customer! Thanks for the message.

  3. lisa

    well, if that’s the case then surely the question should actually have been ‘why do we only ever get red raspberries if there are all these others available??’ I quite like the sound of some black raspberry vodka cocktail shenanagins! :-D

  4. Joel

    That’s a good question. Surely they would be blueberries, and blueberries would be, er, purpleberries. As for the whitebark raspberry…..

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