After being teased for the last few months by the white blooms of the blackberry vines in yards, pastures, and alongside roadways, the fruit is finally beginning to ripen.
Being the only species of blackberry found in Missouri, the common blackberry is easily identifiable. White blooms are witnessed between the months of April and June.
Fruits begin to ripen into the late summer months, starting as a red color and, eventually, becoming the dark color it is known for.
Blackberries and 30 other species belong to the genus Rubus. Of those that are within this family, the ones residents are most familiar with are raspberries, loganberries, dewberries, and brambles.