Brambles—raspberries and blackberries—are perhaps the most diverse group of cultivated fruits in the world. Hundreds of species grow throughout northern temperate regions. Because brambles grew wild and abundantly across North America, they have been cultivated only relatively recently.

The demand for processed raspberries increased in the early 1900s. In response, New York growers planted more than 10,000 acres. But a viral disease decimated the industry. The development of methods to control this disease has fueled a resurgence in raspberry cultivation in the Northeast.

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