BLACKBERRY (Rubus Fruticosus)

Growing Conditions: It grows in woods, scrubs, hedges and heaths. The plant grows fast, throwing out strong thorn-clad stems which bend over as their length increases. Where these stems touch the ground, they put out little roots from which fresh stems grow.

Growing period: The blackberry flowers from May to September and bears fruit from August to November. The largest and sweetest are the ones at the tip which ripen first. However, as temperature drops, the fruit become watery and tasteless. Therefore, it is not recommended to pick it up after the end of October.

Fun facts: There is evidence that blackberries were in England as far back as Neolithic times as pips where found in the stomach contents of a Stone Age man dug out of the clay on the Essex coast.

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