Blackberries grow wild in dry sandy soil. I took this pictures from my visit on one of the foreclosure houses that DH friend was looking at.
They start red in color and turn black when ready for picking.They are rich in isocitric and malic acids, sugar, pectin, monoglycoside of cyanidin, tannin (high in root bark and leaves), iron, carbohydrates, sodium, magnesium, and vitamin A and C.
Lists of uses:
Blackberry leaves and roots are a long-standing home remedy for cholera, anemia, regulates menses, diarrhea and dysentery. Prolonged use of the tea is also beneficial for enteritis, chronic appendicitis, upset stomach, and leukorrhea. It is said to have expectorant properties as well. A tea made from the dried root can be used for dropsy. Chew the leaves for bleeding gums goes back to the time of Christ. The fruit and juice are taken for anemia. A standard infusion is made, which can also be applied externally as a lotion, reported to cure psoriasis and scaly conditions of the skin.
Blackberries also make wine, brandy; and flavor liqueurs and cordials.
Yes, that is my hand. So eat them when you find some while hiking, or in your favorite camping places. Maybe next year, my children and I can go wild fruits foraging, since I now know places for blackberries and blueberries.
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