Bramble or Common Blackberry
Description: The Bramble is a thorny shrub. It flowers in the spring (April-July) and grows fruit in the summer (June-September).
Leaf: Brambles have compound leaves with 3-7 leaflets (I saw 3 leaflets). Leaves are 5-25cm (2-10 inches) long. The leaflets are single toothed. Stems are typically green or reddish.
Habitat: These shrubs grow in sunny woody areas.
Location: By Rachel Gould's house in Peru, Massachusetts.
Use: The fruit (berry) can be eaten raw, made into jelly, sqeezed into a cold drink, used in tea, or put in salad. The dried leaves can also be used for tea, and the blackberry shoots can be used for salad.