Blackberry, Raspberry, and Dewberry
These plants have prickly stems (canes) that grow upward,
arching back toward the ground. They have alternate, usually
compound leaves. Their fruits may be red, black, yellow, or orange.
The appearance of the berries and leaves is similar for all the
Habitat and Distribution
These plants grow in open, sunny areas at the margin of woods,
lakes, streams, and roads throughout temperate regions. There
is also an arctic raspberry.
The fruits and peeled young shoots are edible. Flavor varies
Use the leaves to make tea. To treat diarrhea, drink a tea
made by brewing the dried root bark of the blackberry bush.
The flowers are more often white, rather than the purple color
shown in the photo. They also usually have five petals.
The wilted leaves can develop toxins, so use only the fresh
or dried leaves for tea.
The flowers can also be eaten, and can make a salad more colorful.
Raspberries and blackberries are some of the most useful edible
wild plants, because of the amount of food you can get from a
good patch of the plants. I have eaten my fill in less than thirty
minutes in the mountains of Colorado.