Blackberry - Rubus
The Wild Blackberry Bush is a well-loved plant that is indigenous to America and cultivating them is a common recreation. The produce of the Blackberry shrub is considered one of the most delicious out of the many varieties of fruit yielding shrubs. They flourish well on their own and are easy to cultivate and maintain. Blackberry foliage is commonly consumed by many different insects, birds and mammals that spread their seeds all over ensuring a prolific amount of the plant dispersed all over. Flowers bloom in late summer and spring months with pinkish white petals. If the Wild Blackberry bush is left untrimmed it will form a dense thicket. They make excellent hedges and space fillers.
There are many uses for wild blackberries from jams, pies, teas or just eating them plain. They are also high in soluble and insoluble fiber. A single cup of them has an average of 7.6 grams of fiber as well as containing, half of the daily recommended dose of vitamin c. The dietary fiber they provide is helpful for our digestive tracts and supports regular bowel movements.
Their large seeds provide oil rich in omega-3 and six fats as well as protein, carotenoids, ellagitannins, and ellagic acid. They also provide vitamin K and the essential mineral manganese. Giving us many reasons to enjoy eating them.
In nature, they also provide many animals with these essential nutrients to help them survive in the wild. So if you are looking for a healthy alternative from sugary snacks they make the perfect berry enjoy.
THE CHICKASAW BLACKBERRY WAS RELEASED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS IN 1989
It bears very large and juicy fruit. Plants can be grown in home gardens and be trellised or planted near a fence for support. After fruiting, all dead canes should be removed to prevent disease. Blackberries can also be grown commercially. They should be trellised in some way to aid in hand harvesting. Weed control is also very important to maximize yields. They grow in full sun and must have proper irrigation for new plantings and fruit bearing plants.