Blackberries are tasty fruits that do more than make a fine jam, and have a long history. Keep in mind that blackberries are some of the most perishable fruits in existence, and must be eaten or cooked very quickly after picking. They grow on a thorny vine and should be picked frequently after ripening.
Blackberries have been used for thousands of years in Europe, and have been written in early British folklore. It was used as a gout remedy by Ancient Greeks. The fruits are native to North America, Europe, Asia and South America.
Blackberries have a high tannin content, making them good astringents. They can potentially aid diarrhea, and decrease bleeding. Germans have used it for sore throats, irritations and infections. Some types of blackberries have anti-tumor properties.
Blackberries are aggregate fruits with their clusters of individual fruits, or druplets, similar to those of a raspberry. The rose is a relative of the wild blackberry.
Blackberries boast antioxidant properties. This is what gives the blackberry its deep, dark color. They are a natural source of salicylate, or the substance used in aspirin. They also are a good source of soluble fiber.
Typically blackberries are eaten as fresh fruit (frozen, or canned as well). They're also frequently used in pies and cobblers. A wine exists that is made from blackberries. Other methods are jams, jellies and syrups.
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T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.