Blackberries (Rubus Fruticosus) (aka: brambles, and dewberries) are soft, black, mushy fruits composed of a cluster of many round small balls which can sometimes contain seeds.
Health Benefits of Blackberries
- Increased Immune Function
- Reduced Cancer Risk
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Protection Against Dementia
- Promoted Eye Health
- Alzheimer's Protection
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
- Alleviation of Inflammation Ranked as one of the most antioxidant packed fruits, the polyphenols in blackberries are thought to help prevent various forms of cancer, notably colon and skin cancer.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Blackberries, and may not necessarily be related to Blackberries.
How to choose Blackberries
Look for bright vibrant blackberries which show no signs of stickiness, wilting, or molding. Try to get a sample to taste.
Climate and origin
Perhaps native to both Europe and North America, blackberries grow best in temperate to sub-tropical climates (zones 5-8 in the U.S.). Certain varieties have been adapted to grow in even warmer or cooler conditions.
Depending on type and variety, blackberries can have a mushy sweet taste to a gritty sour/bitter taste.
Blackberries were known in the time of ancient Greeks who valued them for their medicinal properties believing they alleviated pains of the throat and mouth, and that they could prevent gout.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Blackberries + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin C | Vitamin K | Vitamin E | Manganese | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
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