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  • BlackberriesPosted 3 years ago under Uncategorized

    Blackberries are perennial berry bushes that typically have thorns, green leaves, and berries that when ripened turn black. Blackberries are naturally found in Asia, Europe and North America and South America, and they have most likely been eaten by humans for thousands of years. The earliest records of human consumption go back 2,000 years. There are over 200 different varieties of blackberries, and some varieties are even thorn less. At least one variety of blackberry can be found in each of the 50 states in the US. They do however, grow best in temperate regions. Blackberries are prized as being nutritionally dense fruits as they are known to be very high in antioxidants.

    Other Names

    Caneberries, bramble plants.

    Taxonomy

    Blackberries are of the genus rubus, this places blackberries in the same family as raspberries.

    Commercial Production

    The United States is the leading producer of blackberries in the world. Oregon is the top producer of blackberries within the US.

    90% of blackberries sold in the US are in frozen form. Blackberries have a short shelf-life.

    Sources:

    http://www.agmrc.org/commoditiesproducts/fruits/blackberries/

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