- Studies at Ohio State University showed a 60–80 % reduction in colon tumors in rats fed a diet with black raspberries added.
- Studies at Ohio State University showed an 80% reduction in esophageal cancers in mice fed a 5-10% diet of black raspberries.
Perhaps by now you have figured out the connection between raspberry thorns and my tomato thieves. Yes, that damn squirrel ate every single blueberry (ripe or not) off my six-year old blueberry bush this morning. (Luckily, I had grabbed a few as they ripened over the last couple of days). I also have red, white and black raspberries in my back yard, but the squirrels leave them alone. Thorns deter pesky varmints like squirrels from eating all of the good fruit. (They are also pretty handy at deterring human varmits from climbing or knocking down our fence). So, this morning, despite my many unsightly scars, I have become very fond of raspberry thorns and I hope you are, too.