Blackberries have been around for thousands of years. This is a very popular fruit that is used in jams, jellies, wines, and desserts. The flavor of the blackberry leans more on the tart side compared to other berries, which makes it a more popular fruit for canning, cooking, and added to smoothies rather than being eaten directly as a fruit. An interesting fact about the blackberry is that while Mexico leads the world in blackberry production, almost all of their crop goes to the United States.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Rosales
- Family: Rosaceae
- Genus: Rubus
- Species: Varies
- Blackberries are not technically “berries.”
- Blackberries are red when unripe; this had led to the saying, “Blackberries are red when green.”
- The earliest known instance of blackberry comes from the bog body of a Danish woman dating over 2,500 years old.
- Blackberries have been used by Native Americans to die hair and fabrics.