Berries is the name given to various edible fruits of different species.
The berries are fruits or berries that, despite coming from plant species that are completely different, have similar appearance and common characteristics. Sometimes, the different berries can be confused and even avoided, since when using the word dwells to speak of said fruit, reference can be made, simplifying, to two types of berries from two different vegetable genera with very different phenotypic traits between Yes, the genus Morus and Rubus Both genera give blackberries, but they are not the same fruit, some come from some trees commonly called mulberry trees and morales (which are of the genus Morus), and the others come from some common thorny plants called brambles (which are of the genus Rubus). However, the differentiation is actually even greater, given that within both genders there is a significant number of different species. In total there are more than 300 different blackberry species. In addition, the commercialization of these berries has led to the creation of various hybridizations that do not exist in nature.
From the botanical point of view, the blackberry is a polidrupa fruit, that is to say, it is formed by the union of small clustered drupes, inside of which there is a tiny seed, perceptible during its consumption and sometimes even annoying. Slightly more elongated in the Morus species, and generally more rounded in the Rubus species (although it depends on the species), Rubus glaucus presents a shape slightly similar to that of the strawberry (broad at the base ending in a point).
Its size is tiny, between 1 and 3 cm, depending on the species.
The color varies as the blackberry matures, depending on the species. Morus nigra unripe has a greenish-white color, then turns red and at the end of ripening it is black. Morus alba goes from green (immature) to white (mature). In the berries of the swamps, (Rubus chamaemorus), the ripe fruit is golden yellow.
The berries that come from species of the genus Morus, differ by having a corner of about 0.5 cm, corner of the lack of berries from the genus Rubus, which when removed from your plant lose it. In addition, in the genus Morus, the ripe fruit is softer, in general, than that of Rubus; so much so, that they tend to stain just by touch.
The flavors of the different berries are different. Although some similarities can be found, the blackberries of the different species present characteristic and peculiar flavors that are appreciated within the wide range of fruits.
Some of the most pleasing blackberries are, on the one hand, those of Morus nigra and Morus rubra, which present a fresh and intense bittersweet taste, on the other hand the berries of Rubus ulmifolius and Rubus fruticosus, which present a pleasant intense but smooth flavor, sweet with small acid nuances. Morus alba, on the other hand, is usually bland or even insipid.