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