Blackberries, Raspberries, Olallieberries

For the Cook, the Rose Family yields desserts and garnishes galore.   Topping the garnish list in California is the ubiquitous Raspberry, a lovely ruby red version of the clustered fruit produced by flowers of prickly Rubus canes.  In the market, baskets of these fruit are usually stacked near Strawberries and other smaller productions. 

Importantly, to the Botanist a Blackberry is not a Berry. Each Blackberry or Raspberry is a Drupetum.  The Carpologist selected this term because a single flower produces multiple, separate pistils, each of which matures as a tiny Drupe.  Just imagine that each Blackberry flower produces 30 miniature plums.  

Or course, to the Systematist, these are Rose relatives, and should be grouped with Plums, Peaches, Apples, Strawberries, etc…

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