During ripening, blackberries change color several times – once they are green, then gradually becoming brown, and very ripe, they are black. Blackberry – a symbol of purity of the Virgin Mary. It is believed that the Burning Bush, appearing to Moses, served as a prototype of blackberry, the symbol of motherhood and virginity of the Virgin. Therefore, about the Virgin Mary said: “She gave birth to the flame of divine love, not burned with desire.” The people have a belief according to which to gather blackberries after September 29 is dangerous to health. In England, there is a belief that can be self-fulfilling prophecy – to collect blackberries after October 11 is dangerous. It is considered that on this day the Devil spits on blackberries, and those who eat them will be possessed.