Blackberries are generally referred to as caneberries, which includes all berries that grow on a cane, including raspberries, marionberries and boysenberries; they are also often described as “bramble” plants.
Blackberries are native to several continents, including Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Learing of land for agriculture in North America allowed native blackberries to disperse and hybridize. Cultivation then followed between the years 1850-1860 (NRAES, 2008).
In 2014, U.S. blackberry production was valued at $50.1 million, up from the past two years. $4.91 million came from fresh market sales, and $45.2 million came from processed sales (NASS, 2015).
In 2014 the processed rate for blackberries was $1.08/pound, where the price for fresh blackberries was $1.55/pound (NASS, 2015).