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Blackberry – food facts

Blackberries grow on thorny bushes whose canes bear berries in their second year; blackberry and its many cousins (including raspberries) are native in many parts of the world.

Related: Raspberries, ‘black caps’

Harvest season in the LV: late June through July

Growing conditions: Blackberries and other berries do well in full sun, in a well-drained soil high in organic matter

Pollination: Cultivated varieties are often self-pollinating, most varieties do better when pollinated by insects, especially honeybees & bumble bees.

Cooking/Preparation required: Delicious raw, also used in jams & jellies, desserts, and wine.

Fertilizers or pesticides: Commercial growers may use a variety of insecticides & other pesticides, but in this region the berries grow wild without any pesticides.

Health considerations: Extremely high in antioxidants.

NOTE:Nutrient content can vary greatly depending on soil conditions, with organic methods and a soil rich in organic matter generally producing the best results.

‘Dirty Dozen’ or ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists do not necessarily apply to produce grown on local farms — you need to check with the farmer to determine if and when any fertilizers or pesticides were applied.