Looking very like a slightly over-ripe blackberry this plant is easily overlooked as just another bramble. The waxy coating on the berries gives them their name can also make them look mouldy. Closer inspection and tasting will reveal that their are perfectly ripe although often not quite as sweet as blackberries and having fewer ‘drupelets’ – the individual blobs that make up the fruit. The plants themselves are usually smaller and less vigorous
|Scientific Name||Rubus caesius|
Black with a pale waxy coating giving the appearence of pale grey. Number of ‘drupelets’ much less than standard blackberry and larger, making the fruit look deformed.
Stems with a few small prickles rooting at their tips. Never large arching heavily thorned stems.
The fruit of the dewberry in the UK are not as easily gathered as their larger commoner blackberry cousins and thus not as sought after, but still worthwhile. In the USA however there are a wider variety of ‘dewberries’, so much so that they were commercially bred and grown around Cameron in North Carolina.