Blackberries are the fruit of rubus ulmifolius, of Rosaceae family.
The plant can get to a full length of 3–6 m. Flowers are white or pale pink, with five petals. The fruit is edible and is not a berry but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets. They’re green until they ripen and get first red and finally black. Here in Italy, you can pick blackberries in the period from July to September.
In cooking, blackberries are used to garnish desserts, cakes and ice creams. You can use them to make yummy pies, a great jam, or soft fruit tiramisu. On the market, they’re also used to make soft fruit yogurt.
Fun fact: blackberries are a source of vitamins A and C. They have both soluble and insoluble fiber, important in maintaining a healthy digestive system, helping regular bowel movements.