Beginilah rupa blackberry... If it is purple, red or green in colour, it's not ripe yet. So, tak payah petik sebab ia tak akan ranum walaupun diperam (ingat pisang ke??). A sweet ripe blackberry would be deep black, and feels 'plumpily' soft when you squeeze it between your fingers. Normally it will pull free from the plant with a slight tug.
Blackberries are normally eaten raw, served with yogurt or desert and often made into jam or jelly. Nantilah bila senang-senang, boleh cuba buat Blackberry jam (entah bilalah tu...)
Other interesting facts about blackberries:
- The ancient Greeks believed that blackberries could cure diseases of the mouth and throat and prevent many ailments including gout.
- Researches done in several institutions in Ohio found that blackberries contain potent antioxidants to fight cancer.
- According to Culpeper, the English herbalist, blackberry leaves boiled in lye solution made good grey-hair dye.
For more information on the blackberry (the fruit not the phone :P), go to this link.