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The Blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rose family.  What distinguishes Blackberries from its Raspberry relatives is whether the torus (receptacle) picks with the fruit, a blackberry, or remains on the plant when picked leaving a hole in the fruit, a raspberry.   The (usually) black fruit is not a true berry; botanically it is termed an aggregate fruit, composed of small druplets.

Growing Area
California and Mexico, primarily.
Handling and Storage
Blackberries are extremely perishable and should be handled with care.  Good quality berries will be fairly firm and clean with good color.  Avoid green or multi-colored berries, they will not develop full flavor.  Blackberries can be stored unwashed in the refrigerator for a few days.
Common Names
Marionberries
Availability
Blackberries can be found year round.  In the summertime Blackberries are coming from California, in the winter they are coming from Mexico.

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