Here are two pictures of this berry.

What is the name of it?

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  • They look a lot like raspberries, but I'm no plant expert: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry – black thumb Jul 12 '16 at 5:06
  • Details, please: where in the world did you find it? What kind of place? Can we get a picture of a whole leaf and a stem? Does it have thorns or is it smooth? And if possible, make sure the photos are focussed, yours are a bit blurry. – Stephie Jul 12 '16 at 7:14
  • Probably a member of rubus, but if you ask for edibility, we need as many details as possible. – Stephie Jul 12 '16 at 7:17
  • Other images of the whole plant to see growth habit, plus a clearer picture of the leaves and branches please – Bamboo Jul 12 '16 at 13:40
  • I removed the part about edibility because that's off-topic here. – Niall C. Jul 12 '16 at 14:21

From what I can see in the photos, it looks like you have a thimbleberry. Thimbleberries are similar in appearance to raspberries, but are typically even more delicate and prone to falling apart. Their leaves are similar in shape to a maple leaf, and can have sawtooth or smooth edges.

Your original question asked about edibility, and they are indeed edible. The ones I have had growing here in Wisconsin are absolutely delicious, but I've heard that the flavor varies a lot and in some places they are dry and tasteless. It is my understanding that there are no poisonous lookalikes for raspberries/thimbleberries, but please make sure you have a positive identification before eating them.

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    I flashed on salmonberry but you are correct, Michelle! Good admonition, too. – stormy Jul 12 '16 at 19:36
  • Yes, salmon berries are similar, except for the color of the berry. – michelle Jul 13 '16 at 3:02

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