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Oldest food
The stems can easily grow to a length of five metres, and when they run out of support, the tip of the stem droops to the ground, takes root, and sends up a new plant. In this way the blackberry can leap-frog over hedges and walls, and colonise new fields. Large amounts of bramble can affect the growth and development of other plants. It can protect plants from grazing young tree seedlings but equally it can prevent the development of light loving species. The green berries appear in July, gradually darkening to black by August. Eaten raw, cooked in pies, jams and in a variety of ways, bramble has formed part of the human diet in Western Europe for thousands of years. Examination of ‘Haraldskaer woman’ indicated that blackberries formed part of her diet.