|Origin(s)||Chile, China, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Various|
|Possible certification||Halal, Kosher, Organic|
|IQF Availability||Uncalibrated class 1, Uncalibrated class 2|
|IQF Packaging||10kg carton, 25kg bag, 4x2,5kg carton, 5x1 kg carton|
|Puree availability||Aseptic, Frozen|
|Packaging aseptic||200kg Drum, 20kg Bag-in-Box|
|Packaging frozen||10kg Plastic pail, 180kg Drum, 18kg Wax carton|
|Sieve size for puree||0,3 mm - 0,8 mm, 1,0 mm - 5,0 mm|
The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the genus Rubus in the family Rosaceae, hybrids among these species within the subgenus Rubus, and hybrids between the subgenera Rubus and Idaeobatus. The taxonomy of blackberries has historically been confused because of hybridization and apomixis, so that species have often been grouped together and called species aggregates. For example, the entire subgenus Rubus has been called the Rubus fruticosus aggregate, although the species R. fruticosus is considered a synonym of R. plicatus.
What distinguishes the blackberry from its raspberry relatives is whether or not the torus (receptacle or stem) “picks with” (i.e., stays with) the fruit. When picking a blackberry fruit, the torus stays with the fruit. With a raspberry, the torus remains on the plant, leaving a hollow core in the raspberry fruit.
The term bramble, a word meaning any impenetrable thicket, has in some circles traditionally been applied specifically to the blackberry or its products, though in the United States it applies to all members of the genus Rubus. In small parts of the western US, the term caneberry is used to refer to blackberries and raspberries as a group rather than the term bramble. Briar or brier is also sometimes used to refer to the plant, though this name is used for other thorny thickets (such as Smilax) as well.
The usually black fruit is not a berry in the botanical sense of the word. Botanically it is termed an aggregate fruit, composed of small drupelets. It is a widespread and well-known group of over 375 species, many of which are closely related apomictic microspecies native throughout Europe, northwestern Africa, temperate western and central Asia and North and South America.
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