Latin Name: Rubus occidentalis
Facts about Black Raspberry:
Flower for a short period in June
Height: 2 to 3 m tall
Location: Eastern North America Exposure:
Sun Exposure: Full shade
Soil: prefer moist conditions
Flowers: long slender sepals, more than twice as long as the petals
When picked, the fruit separates from the fleshy core, forming a hollow shell
Twigs have an abundance of hooked prickles
The edible fruit is an aggregation of drupelets
Helps feed wildlife as not only humans feed off of the berries.
Although short lived, the flowers do help provide floral resources for pollinators.
Black raspberries are very useful as natural dyes, creating a purple to dull blue colour.
They also contain antioxidants, so there is great interest in their nutritional and pharmaceutical potential.
Research is underway investigating their benefits in cancer treatment.
Because of the relatively short harvesting period, most berries harvested are either dried or frozen, or made into purées or juices. Fresh berries are marketed while in season; they are also used in pies and teas.
The plant, including the roots, has also been used for medicinal purposes; for example in dealing with digestive issues, and even coughs and toothaches.