Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries

Driscoll’s Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries: A Blackberry Flavor Like No Other

In the Sierra Madre mountains of central Mexico, where the days bring a blanket of warm sunshine and the nights deliver a cool mountain breeze, a particular variety of blackberry thrives in these alpine conditions. This special blackberry variety isn’t just your go-to berry—its color is a deep purple—almost pitch black—its flavors are bold and luscious, and its texture is smooth and velvety. This, berry lovers, is Driscoll’s Sweetest Batch™ Blackberry.

WHAT ARE DRISCOLL’S SWEETEST BATCH™ BLACKBERRIES?

For over a decade, we’ve been building a better blackberry. It all started just over 10 years ago, with around 2,500 little blackberry seedlings, all unique—and all with the potential to produce the ultimate blackberry experience. Through careful selection, testing, and perfecting, our Joy Makers have naturally developed the Sweetest Batch™ Blackberry, which you’ll find during certain times in the produce section today. When you spot the purple, yellow, and gold Driscoll’s label, it’s a sign that you’re about to savor some of the most unique, delightful flavors a blackberry can offer.

In our breeding program, just a fraction of our seedlings make the cut to vie for a chance to become a Driscoll’s blackberry. In fact, the number of contenders that make it into our test plots is under one percent! Once the best of the best are ready, our Joy Makers test berries from each plant for flavor, appearance, firmness, shelf life, and other important characteristics. Our team’s constant Pursuit of Flavor and ultra-high standards show that when it comes to delivering you Only the Finest™ Berries, we mean berry serious business. The end result? The Driscoll’s difference that you can taste in every juicy bite.

WHAT MAKES DRISCOLL’S SWEETEST BATCH™ BLACKBERRIES DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BLACKBERRIES?

So let’s talk more about that difference. In Driscoll’s Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries, the flavor experience isn’t just a sweeter berry—it’s multi-dimensional. Some say it’s grape-y, others say it’s peachy, and even candy-like.

And that’s no coincidence: Driscoll’s has a dedicated team who works with our independent growers to ensure they’re maximizing flavor for each harvest of our Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries. Our team visits the growers’ farms weekly to test these unique berries against our rigorous flavor standards, to make sure they’re delivering the perfect balance of sugar, acid, and aromas our consumers want. Because these blackberries are so luscious, we recommend eating them fresh, just after a quick rinse under cool water. One bite and you’ll know why.

In talking with the Driscoll’s blackberry team, they shared a little insider info into what makes the Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries so special. “With every generation of blackberry, we focus on the flavor,” one Joy Maker said. “And when you select a seedling from the field, you can’t be certain what it’s going to be like over the course of time—in different years, in different environments. So when we have a blackberry that delivers an especially appealing flavor like this particular variety, it becomes a contender that stands out among the rest.”

SWEETEST BATCH™ BLACKBERRIES FAQs

We won’t leave you hanging here—we’ve got answers to your top questions. Here are the FAQs about our Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries.

WHERE CAN I BUY SWEETEST BATCH™ BLACKBERRIES?

Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries grow only in specific regions and during certain times of the year. (That’s just one reason why they’re so special!) Because of this, they’re limited in production and availability. As always, we recommend a quick call to your grocer to check on their availability before heading to the store. We’ve got a full list of retailers for you.

ARE SWEETEST BATCH™ BLACKBERRIES UNIQUE TO DRISCOLL’?

They sure are! Learn more about the hard work that goes into the development of Driscoll’s exclusive berry varieties.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY SWEETEST BATCH™ BLACKBERRIES?

As with our all of our blackberries, our Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries are picked at the peak of ripeness and flavor—and just like the sweetest things in life, they don’t stick around forever. We recommend enjoying your blackberries within a day or two of purchase. As soon as you get home from the store, we recommend refrigerating them between 32 and 34 degrees Fahrenheit. Before enjoying them, we recommend a quick rinse under cool water. Happy snacking!

WHAT RECIPES PAIR WELL WITH SWEETEST BATCH™ BLACKBERRIES?

Because these blackberries deliver incredible flavor, we recommend eating them fresh! Whether it’s out of the palm of your hand, on top of your favorite ice cream, or sprinkled on your morning oatmeal, the delicious flavor of our Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries shines the brightest when they’re fresh.

It’s important to note, every berry under the Driscoll’s label is a premium berry—we say we deliver you Only the Finest™ Berries, and we take that claim berry seriously. But when a unique berry variety comes along that’s so special—and so flavorful!—we can’t help but set them apart from the rest. Our Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries are another way that we can deliver you the Sweetness Worth Sharing™. If you spot our Sweetest Batch™ Blackberries in the store, be sure to snap a pic, tag us at @driscollsberry, and use #SweetnessWorthSharing for a chance to be featured!