Botanical Name: Rubus fruitcosus
- English: Bramble
- Also, known as: Dewberry, Goutberry,
Harvested: Wild or Cultivated
Parts Used: Leaves
Blackberry is a thorny shrub or vine, perennial, native to North America. It is found in dry thickets, clearings and woodland margins, fence rows, open meadows, roadsides in and waste places. In its first year, a new stem, the primocane, grows vigorously to its full length of up to 9 m, arching or trailing along the ground and bearing large palmate compound leaves with five or seven leaflets; it does not produce any flowers. In its second year, the cane becomes a floricane and the stem does not grow longer, but the lateral buds break to produce flowering laterals. First- and second-year shoots usually have numerous short-curved, very sharp prickles that are often erroneously called thorns. When the Blackberry flowers bloom in the wild it is a beautiful sight; hillsides and fields are covered with white flowers. The flowers are white, with five petals. Blackberry Leaves are light green, serrate and palmate with 3 to five leaflets or fingers, the main vein on the back of each leaflet has thorns.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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