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Blackberry (or grayberry blackberry, Rubus caesius) is a close relative of raspberry, cloudberry, stonecapes and princesses: from the point of view of science, all of these plant species belong to the same genus, Rubus. Blackberry berries are sour-sweet, dark with a gray tint color.

Its taste reminds us of the forest — even despite the fact that Russian gardeners have long since grown blackberries on their plots.

Blackberry (or blackberry gray, Rubus caesius) — close relative of raspberry, cloudberry, bone and princess: from the point of view of science, all species of these plants belong to the same genus — Rubus. Blackberry berries are sour-sweet, dark with a gray tint color.

Its taste reminds us of the forest — even despite the fact that Russian gardeners have long since grown blackberries on their plots.

In the study found on the territory of modern Denmark and well-preserved remains of the “Harold woman”, who lived in the Iron Age, it was found that blackberry was part of her diet.

More than 370 blackberry varieties grow in the Northern Hemisphere from the Balkans to Scandinavia, as well as in North and South America, where its seeds were brought in by settlers from the Old World. For many centuries, villagers used blackberry thorn to create hedges. The berries themselves have long been grown in gardens around the world in the same regions where wild blackberry grows.

In the US, blackberries are grown on an industrial scale and exported in hundreds of tons.

Blackberries are a natural «aspirin», they have a pronounced antipyretic effect. Blackberries contain large amounts of bioflavonoids, which act as antioxidants.

Blackberry is useful for colds, bowel and digestive system diseases.

Blackberry leaves are brewed as herbal tea.

The leaves, flowers and roots of this plant have medicinal properties: they have an astringent, wound-healing, blood-purifying effect (they are taken in the form of tinctures, decoctions, as well as in fresh and dried form).

In addition to the widespread gray blackberry, several other wild plants of the genus Rubus grow in Russia, which are also commonly called blackberries (the taste and appearance of their berries are really similar).

These are Caucasian blackberries (Rubus caucasicus), bloody blackberries (Rubus sanguineus), and long blackberries (Rubus dolichocarpus).

A special type of blackberry is Cumanica, also known as Nessian blackberry (Rubus nessensis): its dark raspberry or black berries are much sweeter than other types of blackberry.

Berries blackberries usually used for making desserts, sauces, jams, jelly, stewed fruit, marmalade, syrup, juice, candied fruits.

In addition, blackberry makes excellent jelly, which requires very little gelatin: the juice of the berries, boiled with sugar a little, perfectly hardens by itself.

For the preparation of most blackberry treats, it is better to rub the berries through a fine sieve to get rid of the bones, or, using a very powerful blender, grind into a homogeneous mass in which the bones will not be felt.

After adding sugar and cornstarch, such a blender grind produces a very tasty cake filling — only the sides should be quite high, and the dough itself is dense so that the filling does not leak and burn during baking.

Blackberries can be used to make a sauce for meat dishes or add berries to the meat while cooking stews or roasts.

Blackberries are very suitable for fried duck breasts or a whole baked poultry.

With these berries, spices such as star anise, cloves, cinnamon and allspice are successfully combined, and in addition, spicy vegetables such as shallots, Crimean onions, garlic and fresh ginger.

In many Balkan countries wild blackberries are made excellent homemade wine — semi-dry, with a bright berry aroma. On its basis, very tasty summer crochets are obtained.

To do this, you need to add ice to the wine, a little (about 15% of the total) of sparkling water, as well as fresh berries and fruits, cut into pieces; Determine the number and ratio of your own taste. Blackberry juice, wine and the berries themselves are well combined with watermelon.

Blackberry liqueur is very popular in France, which, just like blackcurrant, is added to white wine or champagne to get the Cyrus or Cyrus Piano cocktails.

Interestingly, blackberry juice in combination with acids becomes red, and with alkalis — blue.

Blackberries can be dried, while they will not lose their taste for a long time.

Blackberry leaves are brewed as herbal tea.

Imported blackberries are sold in Moscow supermarkets for almost the entire year. Dried berries and leaves are available all year round.

The collection of fresh berries in central Russia — June and July.

Blackberry fruits in August and September. In cooking, this berry is used in the same way as its closest one.

To make this salad in the summer is easy. I went to the nearest market and supported the local manufacturer.

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