Don’t you love blackberries?

The blackberry is one of the great things about late Summer/early Autumn. In twenty-first century technocivilisation many of Nature’s gifts are camouflaged to us, coming carefully wrapped in plastic, but the blackberry is still there evidencing cosmic generosity to humans and other animals. And no, I’m not saying that some North American tech company is doing us all a spiritual favour just by offering us their products.. I’m talking about the original blackberry, the wild fruit of the humble briar or bramble, Rubus fruticosus, which grows everywhere in the mountains.

Blackberries/Moras

Rubus fruticosus - Blackberries/Moras - Photo: AMCM

I have heard it argued several times as a justification of hunting that it’s something that humans have always done, a deep-seated anthropological practice, a throwback to our remotest origins. However if we examine these asseverations with a little rigour it becomes difficult to see how the contemporary practice of killing small animals for pleasure with firearms bears any relation to ancient human experience. On the other hand the practice of picking berries in the wild offers a direct connection to the experience of prehistoric humans, harking back to how we lived thousands of years ago – and tens of thousands of years ago.

The act of reaching out with the hand to pick the blackberry, detaching it more or less carefully from the thorny briar and guiding the ripe fruit back towards the mouth to the waiting teeth and tongue.. can hardly be very different in distant prehistory to what it was this past September in Guadarrama. An authentic hunter-gatherer experience. Truly primal!

Advertisements

About coldspringdays

Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
This entry was posted in flora, Nature and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s