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Blackberry Vines

The blackberry goes under a lot of aliases.

Depending on your local dialect, you may be picking blackberries from your bramble bush or dewberries from your blackberry vines. The blackberry has many aliases. In addition, it is often a victim of mistaken identity, being easily confused with the black raspberry. To make matters more confusing, botanically speaking neither the blackberry nor the black raspberry are berries at all! Because their fruits grow in little sections called drupelets, they fall into the class of an aggregate fruit. It?s no small wonder that in its wild state, the blackberry is a thorny little character with a very sweet disposition!

The difference between blackberries and black raspberries is ........

The difference between the blackberry and the black raspberry is that the receptacle (white center) remains on the blackberry and is eaten while the receptacle of a ripe black raspberry remains on the vine.

The blackberry vine belongs to the genus Rubus and is a member of the Rose family (Rosaceae). It is sometimes mistaken for a bush because blackberry canes, which can grow to a length of ten feet, bend back to the ground where the tips take root to form new canes.

Blackberry vines are easy to grow.

Are you still with me? Good, because it gets much simpler from here on! Blackberry vines are one of the easiest kinds of plants to grow and are found growing in profusion all over the world. Although they will be more productive if grown in a sunny area, blackberry vines will also tolerate dense shade. The blackberry vine will also grow well in poor soil or good soil. It?s a very pervasive and opportunistic plant that will grow everywhere from deeply wooded areas to hot barren hillsides. In fact, the blackberry vine is one of the first plants often seen at recently demolished construction sites.

The blackberry has long been the focal point of many superstitions and the active ingredient in many folk remedies.

Blackberry tales.

One common wives tale is that blackberries should not be eaten after September 15 (another version says October 10) because at that date the devil has claimed them (spit on them) and left his mark on the foliage. Nevertheless, the blackberry has been used for stomach disorders, to remove tooth tartar, as a poultice, and was even used by Native Americans to prevent miscarriage. Today the blackberry is generally used in wines, jams, pies and as a wholesome sweet snack!

Bramble, fruit, flower, berry? the blackberry vine is a fruit bearing plant that is surrounded by contradiction, superstition, and mystery. However, there is no mystery once its fruit passes your lips! The blackberry is a very tasty little morsel!


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