Blackberry

Binomial name: Rubus fructicosus.

The blackberry is an edible fruit sometimes confused with black raspberry. What distinguishes blackberries from its raspberry relatives is whether the receptacle picks with the fruit, a blackberry, or remains on the plant when picked leaving a hole in the fruit, a raspberry.

Origin: they come from Asia and Europe. Blackberries grow wild throughout at the margins of roads and torrents.

Medicinal values: they provide fibre that improves the intestinal traffic, potassium, iron and calcium. They are very astringent.

Caloric value per 100 g: 35 kcal

Varieties: there are about 300 varieties all over the world, although the commercialised are those that come from Logan, Young, Boysen and Tay.

Curiosities: the bark of the plant is used in the production of baskets and ropes.