A dark, bumpy fruit. They have a sweet and slightly tart taste and contain seeds.
Native to Asia, Europe, North and South America.
In 1858, Ferdinand von Mueller, an Australian botanist introduced blackberries to Victoria Australia where they quickly became an invasive species.
Blackberries have been used for treating a variety of illnesses. The Ancient Greeks used them to treat gout and Native Americans used them to help with stomach ailments.
“Blackberry” by Kurt Nolte https://cals.arizona.edu/fps/sites/cals.arizona.edu.fps/files/cotw/blackberry.pdf
“Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)” by Heritage Garden http://heritagegarden.uic.edu/blackberry
“Introduced Plants” by State Library of Victoria http://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/explore-history/land-exploration/environment/introduced-plants
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)