Plant of the Month: Arapaho Thornless Blackberry

If you head to the Food Forest now, you will see blackberries — not many, but it’s the first season after all.  Our specimen comes from Edible Landscaping, located in Afton, Virginia, near Charlottesville. This is what they say about the Arapaho Thornless Blackberry:

The outstanding characteristics of Arapaho are its thornless, erect, self supporting canes, good fruit quality, earliness of ripening.  It’s the earliest ripening thornless variety.

And this is what the blackberries in the Food Forest look like now:

Photo by Kathy Shollenberger

Apparently, these particular blackberries are also really good for making jams and syrups.  Find out more about the Arapaho Blackberry here.

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