In coming up to Bancroft one of the first things I did as soon as the snow melted was to look for signs of wild raspberry canes. We have an abundance of them on the property. However I noticedthat some of the canes flowered and others didn't. So being the researcher that I am I found that the ones with the white flowers as shown above are actually wild Blackberries. I'm truly spoiled. Not only do I have wild black raspberries I have blackberries too! Oh the jam and pies I will be making this summer.
Not only are the good to eat they have many medicinal uses as well. Native Americans would use the root and the black raspberry leaves to relieve stomach problems. There has been over 30 books written with regards to the healing effects of black raspberries and they have been found to protect your DNA structure in order to stop cells from mutating and causing cancer. What a great little plant.
As for raspberries in general, I distinctly remember drinking at least a gallon of raspberry leaf tea to try to induce labour with my oldest boy. I was scheduled to go into the hospital to get induced (which I didn't want as I wanted to go naturally if possible) sand had read somewhere to drink raspberry leaf tea to stimulate the uterus. Well that night I went into labour naturally. Either it was just my time to give birth or it worked!