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15 Facts about Blackberries- Erakina

Published Date : March 20, 2022

Blackberry is an edible fruit that belongs to the family Rosaceae that is grown in thorny bushes and also grown in the trellis system. With their sweet taste and black, they have many medicinal benefits a person needs in their daily life. Let’s see some of the facts and how a blackberry grows from seed.

Plantation:

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Blackberry fruits

Blackberries are hardy plants that are easy to grow. However, the seeds won’t give fruits in the first year. The seed from fresh blackberry fruit is good for plant growth. After getting the seed we need to tear a small opening in the seed without damaging it. Then the seed is kept in moistured peat moss and sealed with a plastic bag. The bag is kept at a cold temperature of 33-35 degrees Celcius. Most people use refrigerators for it. The seeds should be in the cold temperature for 12-16weeks.

After that, we need to arrange a seed tray that contains seed-starter soil. In that soil, we need to put the seeds of blackberry, which had its cold trip of 12-16 weeks. After spreading we need to keep them in a warm and undisturbed area. This process makes the seeds of blackberry sprout, then it is shifted to bright sunlight area. Finding a good spot that has Sunlight and good drainage soil is required for the next step.

The sprouted seeds are sowed in the ground that has well-rotted decompose soil. Sowing them with intervals of 3-6inch is recommended. The decomposed gives slow nutrients that the fruit needs for its growth. After sowing the seeds deep into the soil we need to close the soil and neatly firm the soil. Then water them until they look a little muddy. In the hot season, they need to irrigate around 1 inch of water. Organic mulch is used for providing nutrients to the seed and plants. The Mulching is used to reduce weed growth around the plantation area and reduce soil evaporation. Keeping the mulch layer thick is beneficial for the plant. 

By following these measures we can expect our first harvest in 2-3 years and after that, we can able to expect a harvest period sooner.

Facts about Blackberry:

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A plated blackberry

Blackberry tradition:

Some people consider Blackberry as a fruit of Christ. It’s because the thorny part of the plant resembles Christ’s head crucifixion.

Superstitious belief:

In London people plucking Blackberry after October 11th is not advisable because the devil may make the fruit poisonous. But the autumn wetter and colder temperatures may make the fruits infectious and unpleasant to eat.

Rich Black color:

The Blackberry color differs by their nutrients. If the fruits are more black they contain higher antioxidants.

Lesser timespan:

A blackberry fruit has less period from its harvest. They will last longer for a few days so it is recommended for people to eat them as soon as possible. Freshly eaten fruits contain more richness in nutrients than others.

Availability:

Blackberry fruits can be cultivated on farms and also in wild. In India, Uttarkhand is the leading state to produce blackberry. This increases the availability of the product.

Importance in metabolism:

The copper content in blackberry increases the metabolism in bones and increases the red and white blood cells in the human body.

Helpful in cell damage:

Blackberry is rich in antioxidant content which is helpful in the protection of inflammation, free radical prevention, and skin aging.

Rich in taste buds:

The fruit should be eaten as soon as possible to experience its sweeter taste. Products like jams, desserts, and jelly made from blackberry are famous among people for their richness in taste and health.

Helpful in labor:

Pregnant women can use blackberry fruit because the vitamin K in the fruit acts as a muscle relaxant and does help in reducing labor pain.

Source of fiber:

The fiber that helps to maintain a good cholesterol level is found in blackberry. It contains both soluble and insoluble fibers.

May improve brain function:

Polyphenols in blackberry may improve brain functions but this hasn’t been proved on humans, scientists keep on working on experiments to prove.

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Blackberry pancakes

Good breakfast food:

People can include blackberry in their breakfast to have full energy and the fiber keeps their tummy full for a while.

Side effects:

People allergic to blackberry may avoid them and the canned blackberry may contain preservatives that may have a negative impact.

Essential nutrients:

Blackberry contains nutrients that help improve immune function, digestion, heart health, bone formation, skin protection, etc.

Enriched vitamin content:

The fruit contains vitamins like C, A, E, and K. Vitamin K in this is helpful in healing wounds quicker.

These are some of the facts about blackberry and its specialty. So let’s have a sweet blackberry daily in our lives. 

 Mukesh Kumar U M

15/03/2022

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