Got to love the Blackberry! And we mean the fruit, not the phone! I recall picking these in the forest when I was little and I have loved them ever since. Here at TFE we are obsessed with every fruit with ‘berry’ in its name anyway, so let’s go crazy for the blackberry in this week’s Product Hightlight!
- Botanically speaking the blackberry is not a berry but an aggregate fruit, composed of small drupelets, where each drupelet contributes to the berry’s nutrient value. But hey, let’s keep it simple!
- Did you know blackberry juice was used to dye cloth navy blue and indigo back in the day?
- Raspberries and blackberries are often called bramble berries, because they grow on thorny bushes
- Blackberries contain numerous large seeds, which contain oil rich in omega-3, as well as protein, fiber and carotenoids
- Consumption of blackberries can help tighten your skin. Blackberries are high in anthocyanins, which give them their color. These antioxidants help fight off the process of aging! Beats an expensive anti-aging cream right?
- Blackberries seem to be a great fruit for women as the Vitamin K helps reduce menstruation cramps and it is known to help alleviate labour pains of pregnant women. They also contain a substantial amount of folic acid
- The pectin present in blackberry can lower cholesterol levels. A healthy cholesterol level consequently decreases the risk of heart disease
Tip: Select blackberries by looking for color ranging from deep purple/black to deep blue/purple. The fruit should be firm to the touch and plump. Avoid the ones that look wrinkled!
Tip: Store your dry blackberries in a container in the refrigerator and only wash them before use