With spring trying so desperately to get going, we have warmer weather and picnics to look forward to, and along with that come one of my favorite things ever: blackberries. The ability to go walking around, plucking berries as you go and making a game of finding the biggest, juiciest berry, has always been one of my most enjoyed pastimes, so I wanted to look into the tasty little morsels a bit more before heading into the weekend. Here is VegOnline’s profile on blackberries.
Blackberry Culture and History
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (26)Part of the blackberry spread is aided by the matter in which the berry seeds are dispersed: animals. Creatures large and small will spend some time eating blackberries, sometimes just getting the sticky seeds stuck in their fur and sometimes digesting them fully, but no matter what the seeds end up traversing a rather expansive area.
However, it’s interesting to note that in the UK there is a myth that claims that no one should pick blackberries after October 11th, Old Michaelmas Day. Apparently the reason is that the devil has claimed all blackberries for himself and used them all as his own private urinal, so eating them will make you sick. And oddest of all, this is at least half true. Not the part about the devil (at least, I don’t think so…) but rather the part about getting sick eating blackberries later in the year. Cold, wet weather makes it easier for blackberries to become infected by certain types of mold, thus making them taste nasty and cause illness in some cases. Strange how that works!