Get to know the traditional path of the blackberries in SLP

Every spring the streets of the colony Lomas del Tecnológico of the capital of San Luis Potosí, located to the west of the city, are dyed purple, due to the fall of blackberries that hang from the trees that have been located on Eugenio Garza Sada Avenue for more than 10 years.

With the flowering of more than 20 trees, which are located in this area of ​​San Luis Potosí, hundreds of inhabitants who know of the existence of these fruit trees, come to cut their fruits to enjoy eating them naturally, preparing water and desserts for the sweet flavor of blackberries.

The harvest of these tiny fruits made up of purple or red balls (depending on their ripening) and sweet flavor, has become a tradition of Potosí families, because as they are municipal shrubs, any citizen and visitor who loves this fruit or If you want to try it, you can freely cut the blackberries for your personal or family consumption.

The harvest of these tiny fruits made up of purple or red balls (depending on their ripening) and sweet flavor, has become a tradition for Potosí families. Photo: Xochiquetzal Rangel

During the weekends, from 8:00 a.m., it is common to see families with bags, jars or baskets, collecting the fruits, thus avoiding food waste, since otherwise the blackberries will only fall to the ground causing accidents among pedestrians who walk on the wax of the blackberry road.

The black mulberry, or Morus nigra, is a small tree, native to Asia, that produces edible dark purple fruits. These are similar to blackberries and contain vitamin C, antioxidants and laxative properties. One of its qualities is that it can be consumed in jams, liqueurs, or naturally.

Although the consumption and harvesting of these trees has become popular in recent years among the inhabitants of the capital, each year there are fewer trees on this road, because with the construction of houses and businesses, the trees have been pruned. trees.

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A little more than 10 years ago, the blackberry trees were located from the beginning of Eugenio Garza Sada Avenue, at the intersection with the Guadalajara roundabout gas station and were distributed until reaching the Tecnológico de Monterrey and on Siglo XX Street. Currently, only the trees that are located from Plaza Trendy, to the Tecnológico de Monterrey and some more on Siglo XX streets are still standing.

The blackberry season ends in the month of May. If you have not yet tried this sweet fruit, you can go to the blackberry road and taste this delight and participate in a traditional harvest.

Although both fruits look similar and taste sweet, the difference lies in the place where they grow and a bit in the shape. Blackberries receive the scientific name “Morus Nigra” and although their shape is very similar to blackberries, they are fleshy and made up of spherical fruits, but they are a little more elongated and grow on trees.

While blackberries receive the scientific name Rubus Ulmifolius, although they are also fleshy, have a sweet flavor, have a more rounded shape and grow on bushes with thorns.

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