BLACK RASPBERRY (Rubus occidentalis)


The black rapsberry is currently being investigated as a new superfood. The berries are rich in ellagic acid, anthocyanins and antioxidants.
This is a deciduous shrub growing to 2m. It is fully hardy and is not frost tender. It is in flower in June followed by the delicious fruits. Black raspberries require moist and well-drained soil.
The plants have thick stems which branch in the second or third years, the plants can be treated in much the same way as cultivated raspberries or just left to their own devices.
The fruit is excellent either straight from the bush or cooked in pies or preserves.
A tea can also be made from the leaves.


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