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By BillRookery
Taken last week, getting to that time of year again

The health benefits of blackberries include better digestive health, strengthened immune defense, healthy functioning of the heart, prevention of cancer, and relief from endothelial dysfunction. Blackberry provides cognitive benefits and aids in enhancing memory, weight management, keeping the bones strong, skincare, improving vision, keeping disease-free eyes, and normal blood clotting. It may also serve as a valuable food during pregnancy owing to an impressive gamut of nutrients

Blackberry leaves are food for certain caterpillars; some grazing mammals, especially deer, are also very fond of the leaves.

Folklore in the United Kingdom tells that blackberries should not be picked after Old Michaelmas Day (11 October) as the devil (or a Pķca) has made them unfit to eat by stepping, spitting, or fouling on them. There is some value in this legend as autumnís wetter and cooler weather often allows the fruit to become infected by various molds such as Botryotinia which give the fruit an unpleasant look and may be toxic.

According to some traditions, a blackberryís deep purple color represents Christís blood and the crown of thorns was made of brambles, although other thorny plants, such as Crataegus (hawthorn) and Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns plant), have been proposed as the material for the crown

Tags: Nature Fruit Flowers and plants Weeds Cobwebs Brambles Blackberries

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
17 Aug 2020 1:44PM
It's just about that time. Good detail.
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
17 Aug 2020 2:16PM
Lovely capture Bill , a good crop for some tasty jam or pie !
17 Aug 2020 2:27PM
The amount I used to eat as a youngster I ought to live forever Bill.Lovely image!
17 Aug 2020 2:59PM
Beautiful Bill,
gconant Plus
10 32 1 United States
17 Aug 2020 3:01PM
A great image of my one of my favorite berries.

Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 3:03PM
Wow what benefits we can gain from blackberries.
Picked a few on a walk on holiday - they were so sweet.
17 Aug 2020 3:14PM
Excellent clarity and colour, a fine image, Bill.SmileSmile
tashi 11 2
17 Aug 2020 3:23PM
Lovely image.
Robert51 13 7 127 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 3:34PM
A rather strange year as we have already picked loads full size ones. Yet this morning we see loads that are still green with the black ones still very small. I think it just about sums up this year...
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
17 Aug 2020 3:42PM
Never really been keen on blackberries, but your write-up does provide a good reason for eating them! 😃 A fine image of them too, Bill 👍
Trev 😀
17 Aug 2020 4:55PM
a lovely image and a great writeup to go with it
17 Aug 2020 5:33PM
Great capture and interesting write up, thanks for all that information.
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 5:44PM
Splendid image & editorial Bill 😊

capto Plus
9 6.9k 27 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 5:59PM
A great free fruit, Don't pick the ones low down.Smile
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 6:46PM
Delicious image Bill...
Isabel GrinGrin
davyskid 5 2 Scotland
17 Aug 2020 7:09PM
Superb image and information Bill SmileSmile
Mike_Smith Plus
14 859 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 7:34PM
Nice capture Bill, yes summer is almost over again
A beautiful frame filler Bill, excellent image.
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2020 10:35PM
some good info on the blackberry Bill
and a lovely photo
Super image I love Blackberries and have discovered a Blackberry and Blackcurrant squash with ice and lemonade superb

17 Aug 2020 11:58PM
I love them....and did not know all that. Big, sour, and delicious.

johnke Plus
9 231 17 England
18 Aug 2020 6:48AM
Fantastic Information that I more than enjoyed reading Bill, thank you. I also dont mind eating them....John
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 8:23AM
Very nice, Bill.

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