The inspiration for this post came a couple of weeks ago on a beautiful, sunny August day.
Blackberries can be eaten raw or baked into desserts such as pies and tarts. They are also wonderful for preserving and being made into jams and jellies. The leaves and roots are commonly used for their medicinal properties. Native Americans have used an infusion of the root or leaf to help with diarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhoids. The root has also been used as an oral aid to sooth sore throats, mouth ulcers, and problematic gums. A syrup made from honey and a mixture of the fruit and roots has been used as a cough remedy.