E.J.Wilkins

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Autumn Fruits


Blackberry


Rubus fruticosus

This picture shows both ripe and ripening fruits. Each little segment contains a seed that passes straight through the birds and animals that eat it. Each seed has the potential to grow into a new plant which can then ramble over and around trees and shrubs. The stems are covered with vicious thorns that help it climb, if the stems stay in contact with the soil they can take root - all this can make blackberries something of a pest in the garden.

Legend has it that the Devil was kicked out of Heaven at Michaelmas (29th September), he landed in a bramble bush and spat and stamped on it in contempt, making the fruit inedible. A similar tale mentioned in -this blog- suggests blackberries should never be picked after October 11th, which is  "Old Michaelmas Day" (because of the 1752 calendar reforms). In reality the fruit are les useful if they're picked in late September, they become bitter. It's probably to do with the way temperature and day length affect the plant.

Blackberry (bramble) stems were often used to bind together bundles of straw to make "Skeps", the old-fashioned beehive.
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Autumn Fruits


Blackberry


Rubus fruticosus

This picture shows both ripe and ripening fruits. Each little segment contains a seed that passes straight through the birds and animals that eat it. Each seed has the potential to grow into a new plant which can then ramble over and around trees and shrubs. The stems are covered with vicious thorns that help it climb, if the stems stay in contact with the soil they can take root - all this can make blackberries something of a pest in the garden.

Legend has it that the Devil was kicked out of Heaven at Michaelmas (29th September), he landed in a bramble bush and spat and stamped on it in contempt, making the fruit inedible. A similar tale mentioned in -this blog- suggests blackberries should never be picked after October 11th, which is  "Old Michaelmas Day" (because of the 1752 calendar reforms). In reality the fruit are les useful if they're picked in late September, they become bitter. It's probably to do with the way temperature and day length affect the plant.

Blackberry (bramble) stems were often used to bind together bundles of straw to make "Skeps", the old-fashioned beehive.
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comments (24)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Nov 2008, 01:58
Yes! My second favourite berry to eat...great fun to pick, too.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 17 Nov 2008, 01:59
Ellie, those look good enough to eat, right off the branch! Mmmm...
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands UK
  • 17 Nov 2008, 08:17
Can I smell pie Ellie or is it jam??
Which ever I would love some.
Lovely imagesmile
EJWilkins: pie please smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 17 Nov 2008, 08:40
Our blackberries have come and gone by now. I think it's a very nice berry to use to decorate cakes and such.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Nov 2008, 09:33
Fascinating information about a common plant. Somehow the ones you buy in shops aren't a patch on the ones you gather from the hedgerow.
Ingrid
yummy, wish it was that season again here
Just last week while walking through a field with a friend we came across hundreds of plants that we had discovered last summer laden with fruit. We stayed there at that time eating and eating and eating some more. They were so delicious. They make wonderful jam too.
  • FLOOG
  • The library of my contented soul
  • 17 Nov 2008, 14:50
Oh, childhood memories of gathering these wild, from country lanes in Bedfordshire with my parents. Such fun, you've brought back in my mind smile
EJWilkins: Amazing how a picture can evoke memories isn't it?
I used to love blackberry and apple pie...haven't had it for years.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Nov 2008, 16:07
A wonderful pic, the blackberries (Brombeeren; life-size?) seem just to smile at us as if the wanted to say: "Please, pick us up!" Your information is very interesting and useful. Very delicious is blackberries liqueur! Warm blackberriesjuice is healthy if you have caught a cold. Very pretty fruits in many ways!
This is a superb picture, just right to tickle tastebuds. Well done.

My husband used to love blackberrying, and would disappear off with bags and bowls and children, later grand-children, so that I or other members of the family could make blackberry and apple pie, blackberry crumble and blackberry jam. Me - I don't like blackberries or the collecting of them.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Nov 2008, 16:48
You say the pass right through animals and birds - and what about humans smile

If I send you my mail address, can you send me some? Oops, it is after 29 September. Maybe next year then.
EJWilkins: Humans are animals! wink

No, out of season now, and those in the freezer would defrost before they reach you!
I adore blackberries but they just won't grow here. I was scratched by them many times when I was a kid.
Terrific shot with the mixture of colours.
EJWilkins: I wonder why they won't grow in Canada? I'd have thought they'd survive pretty much anywhere. Maybe the winters are too long and too cold?
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Nov 2008, 17:02
The Devil clearly didn't bargin on Blackberry and Apple Crumble ;o)

Lovely crisp shot - they all look good enough to eat.
EJWilkins: He certainly didn't, nor did he imagine the benefits of freezers
Superb picture Ellie. My mouth is watering!
EJWilkins: Not too much Richard, you'll make a mess of your keyboard!
Bill's really set me off Ellie, Blackberry and Apple Pie with lashings of custard, oh yes! By the way it's a very good picture as well.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Nov 2008, 20:33
Bramen...in Dutch, mine are all gone....eaten...wonderful picture, enjoy picking them and they taste good in the yogurt!!
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 17 Nov 2008, 20:43
Fascinating notes, Ellie. I always enjoy a walk during the blackberry season with the "free" fruits.
EJWilkins: So do I, I just wish the darned things didn't enjoy growing in our garden - right in the middle of shrubs!
Wow! Que apetitosas se ven estas moras! Has capturado hermosos brillos!

Wow! That appetizing they are seen these blackberries! You have captured beautiful brightness!
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location
  • 17 Nov 2008, 21:05
This is gorgeous, Ellie, and looks good enough to eat...which it is.
Can I have some? One feels like picking and eating. Great pic.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 17 Nov 2008, 22:47
BLACKBERRIES! One of my favorite berries in the world, Ellie...but I sure hate the "stickeries" (as my g'son calls them) to get to them!!
Now these I can cook! Love the rich colours. (:o)
Well done, it gives something as an "old" atmosphere ! I like very much !

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