Cultivated Blackberries are a member of the ‘Rubus’ family like raspberries, tayberries, and loganberries. Blackberries are perennial shrubs that have a two-year lifecycle, fruiting in the second year. The soft fruit picked in summer and early autumn are rich in Vitamin C and contain relatively high amounts of dietary fibre. They are used in desserts, such as mousses and mixed with apples in pies and crumbles, in preserves such as seedless jams and to flavour sweets and drinks.
In the United Kingdom legend has it the blackberries should not be picked after the 11th of October or Old Michaelmas Day, the day the Devil fell out of Heaven into a blackberry bush, cursing the fruit as he fell.