Taming Wild FLorida Blackberries
It smells like a rose. That's what I thought when we found them– thorny flowering bushes in the neglected/avoided corner of the backyard. Cleaning out the overgrown mess to make room for our new garden, we must of pulled out tens of these thorny bushes - until I saw one blooming. I thought we had a wild rose. So, I saved a few.
That was in April- right after bunny-making season. Then, as we got into May, I saw the fruits turning red and thought – cool. We've got raspberries. I was so glad that we saved a few and kinda wished we'd saved a few more. A couple days later they started turning black- blackberries. In a race against the squirrels for a taste test, so far, we're neck and neck.
Rubus argutus, native to South Eastern North America, is a member of the Rose family and produces delicious little fruits loaded with fat burning phytonutrients and cancer fighting antioxidants– score! Often confused with Wild Black Raspberry, distinguish them apart by a cone shaped hole in the fruit after picking it. Raspberries have this little hollow. Blackberries don't. One of the National Wildlife Federations top "Ten American Native Plants You Can Eat" grows wild in my backyard and if left unchecked, it can take over. See these links. It's possible to tame them.