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Season: Long ripening season
Main characteristic/s: Attractive large, long fruits, high yielding
Characteristics of Karaka Black
Very long fruiting season
Large, long cylindrical berries (average 10-11g)
Bright, glossy attractive berries
Outstanding shelf life
High yielding over 25t/ha
The fruit is well displayed and is very easy to pick. The dark black fruit has a long cylindrical-conical shape, is very firm and very shiny. The flavour is likened to a mild blackberry, and may be somewhat acidic when picked slightly under-ripe or grown in a cool climate.
Use of the Variety:
Karaka Black is suitable for fresh market, processing and pick your own. In a cool climate this cultivar is well suited to tunnel production of fruit for fresh market.
Blackberry is a prickly bush with perennial rhizomes and biennial overhead shoots, belonging to the family of rosaceous. The flowers are white, large, collected in the corymbose inflorescences. Blackberry fruits are large, with a lot of seeds, very similar to raspberries, especially red undersized berries. Ripe blackberry berries are bright black, sometimes with a purple hue. They taste sweet and sour. Blackberry is a good honey plant.
Blackberry berries are a natural “multivitamin complex.” In the blackberry is a lot of vitamin C, there are vitamins E, P, PP, K, provitamin A, vitamins of group B. In addition, berries contain mineral substances (potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, nickel, copper etc., fiber, sugar (fructose and glucose), organic acids (citric, malic, salicylic and wine), tocopherols, pectins. Seeds contain fatty oil – more than 12%.
Blackberry leaves are rich in vitamin C, tannins, minerals and amino acids.
In medicine, all parts of the plant are used.
Fresh berries of blackberries strengthen immunity, improve metabolism, normalize all body functions. Blackberry fruits are used in the treatment of kidney diseases, diseases of the bladder and with gastric and intestinal diseases. They are also useful in diabetes and articular diseases. Blackberry has a positive effect on the work of the brain and nervous system.