Are blue raspberries real?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “are blue raspberries real?” and discuss what is the origin of blue raspberry flavor and what it tastes like.

Are blue raspberries real?

No, blue raspberries are not real. There is no such thing in nature that is called “blue raspberry”.

Although, there is an artificial flavor that we call blue raspberry flavor which is made by using brilliant blue FCF food dye.

Where does blue raspberry flavoring come from?

Blue raspberry flavoring started in the mid 20th century when a company named Gold Medal from Cincinnati introduced it for their raspberry flavored Italian Ice. Another company, ICEE, along with Otter Pops also debuted this flavor. 

These companies already had dedicated red color to many of their flavors for strawberries, cherries and watermelons so, they thought of introducing their raspberries flavored items with a new refreshing blue color.

Brilliant Blue dye was manufactured to mimic the flavor of Rubus leucodermis or commonly known as whitebark raspberry or blackcap raspberry. Hence, the blue raspberry flavor came into existence. 

The fruit of whitebark raspberry has red to reddish purple color at first which later develops into dark purple to nearly black, giving shades of blue. And it is an extremely rare species. Companies started adding blue dye to this whitebark raspberry flavored items

What does blue raspberry flavor taste like? 

The sugary and tart flavor profile of blue raspberry is made by using esters of cherries, bananas and pineapples mostly. 

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In this brief guide, we answered the question, “are blue raspberries real?” and discussed what is the origin of blue raspberry flavor and what it tastes like.



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