Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A Rose...

... by any other name would 'taste' as sweet.  Well, not quite, but it was time this morning, to start picking blackberries from the local hedgerows.  Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) are part of the Rose family and actually are not true berries.  They are an aggregate fruit made up of many, little 'drupelets'.  A drupe is a fruit made up of a central seed surrounded by a fleshy part or pericarp.  Well known drupes are Peaches, cherries, olives, almonds, etc.  But for now, these plump, ripe, sweet little members of the rose family just look perfect for the picking.
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