Blackberry belongs to the rose family and therefore has some certain similarities with rose, such as the tree covered with thorns. It can grow up to 3 meters in height and is usually found on the edge of forests, fences and roads. It has been growing in Europe since ancient times.
It is also widespread in North America and Asia. Blackberry, also known as “black strawberry”, is rich in vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and B6, organic acids, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese and fruit sugar.
The ancient Greeks used blackberry for regeneration of the mucous membranes in mouth, intestine, stomach and uterus, as a medicine in treating various skin diseases, bleeding, hemorrhoids, dental tartar, sore throat, migraine headache, fever and bronchitis.
The ancient Romans used this plant as a laxative and diabetes remedy, while the Arabs used it as an aphrodisiac. Passionate smokers can quit smoking if they regularly chew young and soft blackberry buds, which have bitter-sweet taste. Blackberry particularly helps in the treatment of anemia, arteriosclerosis, heart and blood vessels diseases, anxiety, insomnia and it lowers blood pressure and improves digestion.
It is rich in cellulose and successfully helps with body weight regulation. It contains salicylic acid (active ingredient in aspirin), which is used for pain relief, lowering high body temperature and it has anti-inflammatory properties.
This fruit has a strong, positive effect on the eyesight, it strengthens the immune system and has been proven to protect against breast and cervical cancer. It is recommended by German doctors in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Fresh blackberries are the most delicious if eaten with a little bit of honey or sugar. You can use them to make juice, wine, compote, liqueur, jam, delicious pies and desserts. If you don’t intend to eat them the same day you harvest them, put them on a kitchen towel, which will absorb the excess moisture. Put them into a bowl in a single layer and cover with both paper towel and plastic foil. Keep them in the refrigerator up to two days. It is also possible to freeze them. All you need to do is to put them in hermetically sealed food box and you can preserve them up to six months this way.