Blackberries

What are they?

Blackberries are drupelets- in fact, each blackberry contains 80 to 100 drupelets, just like a bunch of grapes but smaller. They were originally in Europe and northwestern Africa.  They are a very important chain in the ecology of many countries as blackberry trees produce nectars for bees as well. In Australia, the blackberry picking activity is well favoured by many people.

Blackberries offer a sweet and kind of sour taste. These fruits are a sign of summertime.

blackberries health benefits

Health Benefits

Blackberries are packed with a great amount of vitamin A, C, K and E as well as antioxidants and dietary fibres.  They also contain a good amount of copper, magnesium and potassium1.

Blackberries are one of a few foods that contain very a high amount of antioxidant content. If you eat blackberries daily, they will have a positive impact on your health.

Blackberries also contain Anthocyanin, a powerful phytonutrient that could prevent our brain from getting overstress as well as slowing the ageing progress and reduce some negative impacts of ageing such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Blackberries help fight against some types of cancers such as colon cancer.

Alongside other benefits, blackberries support the bone metabolism and help your body to produce the sufficient number of white and red blood cells.

How to use them?

  • You can eat them fresh in their natural state.
  • Berry jam: You can make berry jams from frozen blackberries and sugar. Consume these jams with bread.
  • Fruit salads: Mix blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to make a fruit salad.
  • Addition to desserts: Add blackberries to yoghurt and muesli.
  • Blackberry pie: Bake a blackberry pie using blackberries, sugar, milk, and flour and pie crust. Add some whip cream when served.
  • Berry smoothies: You can also use fresh or frozen blackberries to make smoothies. Mix them with bananas and honey for sweeter flavour.
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