When you type the word ‘blackberry’ in any search engine, the first page will contain information about the famous mobile phone brand. It was like people already forgot about blackberry being a fruit, and not just a piece of technology.
Let me introduce you again to blackberry, the fruit. They are commonly related with raspberry, but its distinguishing characteristic is based from the ‘torus’, the receptacle or stem. In blackberry, the torus stays with the fruit when picked up. While for raspberry, the torus remains on the plant that leaves a hollow core in the fruit.
The term ‘bramble’ literally impenetrable thicket, and usually applied specifically to the blackberry or its products, though in the United States it applies to all members of the Rubus genus. But in the western US, the term caneberry is used to refer to blackberries and raspberries as a group rather than the term bramble.
Blackberry is not a ‘berry’ in the botanical sense of the word. Botanically it is termed as an aggregate fruit, which means that it was formed from several flowers, composed of small drupelets. It has over 375 species that can be found throughout Europe, northwestern Africa, western and central Asia, and North and South America.
There are also several facts that you may not know about blackberries:
- They have several nutritional benefits: it is rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C; has very low sodium count; it only has 62 calories per cup.
- It has high levels of antioxidants, which is known for lowering the risk of a number of cancers. But remember that it is best consumed in its natural state to get the full benefits.
- They are known for their different names: brambleberries, bramble, dewberry, thimbleberry and lawers.
- It helps tightening of healthy tissues, which makes skin look younger. It also keeps your brain alert, therefore maintaining clarity of thought and good memory.
- It contains high amounts of tannin, which helps in: the reduction of intestinal inflammation; alleviate hemorrhoids; soothe the effects of diarrhea; and effective in oral hygiene used as a gargle or mouthwash.
- The leaves and barks of the plant also have benefits. The leaves are used to treat mild inflammation of the gums and sore throats, and can be used to make a cup of tea or as enhanced therapeutic drink. It might have some bitter taste, but you can use honey or other sweetener.
- It contains Vitamin K, which aids in muscle relaxation. Some women use blackberries to alleviate labor pains or to regulate menstruation.
- If you noticed that blackberry plant has turned orange, destroy it immediately. This means that the plant has a fungal disease that cannot be cured.