Who doesn't love a good blackberry? Growing up in the eastern USA, these were a staple of my childhood spent roaming in the woods. Sure, the spiky plants weren't my favorite thing to climb through, but the piles and piles of blackberries I could eat and gather made for great snacks and even better pies.
Yum yum yum!! Who doesn't love a good blackberry? They are solid to the stem (unlike Raspberries or Black Raspberries, which are kind of hollow) and they don't have any poisonous look a like berries. If you've really never seen one, try looking at them at your local store so you know what they look like!
Found across the eastern United States and the coastal west. Their plants have three compound leaves that are oval-shaped and toothed along the edges. The wild plants are very thorny (cultivated varieties can be thornless) and usually grow in brambles. Berries are especially common at the edge of wooded areas.
The berries ripen in May or June in warmer climates, and July in cooler climates, and can be picked over several weeks.
You'll know its ripe when it's a nice, even black. Red or white fruits will be sour and gross! They don't ripen after you pick them like some berries and fruits, so make sure to only pick the ripe ones. The berries that are ripe will pull off really easily without any tugging.