Most of the species is of the genus Rubus blackberries (rounded fruits) or Morus (elongated fruits). It is an aggregate fruit, that is, it is formed by the aggregation of several smaller fruits called mini-drupes.
They can be white, red or black, and its size is small, measuring between 1-3 inches, depending on the species.
It is believed that the berries are native of Asia, Europe, North America and South America, although they are grown in specific regions. One of the most common species is the black mulberry, initially red and then black when fully ripe.
They are a good source of iron and vitamin C.
Benefits and properties
Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants helping to reverse the cell damage caused by free radicals, these antioxidants are beneficial in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Blackberry leaves are used to make tea, very useful in the treatment of diarrhea, inflammation of the mouth and throat, since the use of mulberry tea can also reduce levels of blood sugar, it may help diabetics.