The blackberry is botanically not a true berry, rather it is a aggregate fruit, which is a cluster of small fruits developed from separate ovaries within a single flower.  It's a plump fruit with skin of a deep violet-black color.  The size of each fruit ranges from 1/2 inch to an inch, a perfect size for popping into the mouth for a burst of flavor that ranges from sweet to tart.

When in season: 
How to select: 

Blackberries do not ripen once picked, so the deeply colored ones are the sweetest and most flavorful. Look for the plumpest, shiniest and blackest berries possible. Store them in the refrigerator and use them as quickly as possible.

How to eat: 

No preparation is necessary in order to eat the blackberry.  It can simply be plucked from the bush and popped into the mouth to be enjoyed.


Blackberries have been used in Europe for more than 2,000 years for both eating and medicine. 

Nutritional Highlights: 

A good source of iron and vitamin C.