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Alabama State Fruit

Blackberries - Click to see all state food symbols
Blackberry photo by Scott Bauer, courtesy USDA Agricultural
Research Service Image Library Fruits & Veggies

Blackberry

Alabama designated blackberry (Rubus, R. occidentalis) as the official state fruit symbol in 2004. Alabama also recognized the peach as official tree fruit in 1949.

The blackberry is an especially hardy plant that prefers deep rich loam and bright sun, but it will flourish in sandy soils with partial shade too. The flowers can self-pollinate, but pollination by bumblebees and honeybees produces more fruit.

Blackberries are delicious right off the vine and also make wonderful pies, jellies, jams and numerous other desserts. They also provide an important source of food and cover for animals and many species of birds.

Most states recognize food or agricultural symbols - besides the peach and blackberry, Alabama also designates a state nut and state barbeque championships. We also have national recognition for American foods and native cuisine (including our native blueberry and cranberry). See state food symbols and national food holidays.

Carton of blackberries - click to see all food symbols
Fresh blackberries photo by Scott Bauer / USDA / ARS

THE SONG OF THE BLACKBERRY QUEEN

by Cicely Mary Barker

My berries cluster black and thick
For rich and poor alike to pick.
I'll tear your dress, and cling, and tease,
And scratch your hand and arms and knees.
I'll stain your fingers and your face,
And then I'll laugh at your disgrace.
But when the bramble-jelly's made,
You'll find your trouble well repaid.

Source:
Alabama Emblems & Symbols: Alabama Archives & History
Wild Blackberries: Wild Food, by "Wildman" Steve Brill
State Fruit of Alabama: Alabama Archives & History
Links:
American Food and Agricultural Symbols
American Food Holidays

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