Blackberry Facts

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Just like a peach, the blackberry fruit is an aggregate fruit that is composed of many smaller fruits called drupes. Drupes are a type of fruit in which the outer fleshy part surrounds a seed. Blackberries contain vast amounts of anthocyanocides, which are found in the pigment that gives the berries their color. Anthocyanocides are powerful antioxidants that help to reverse cell damage caused by free radicals. They are reported to be a key instrument in preventing heart disease, cancer and strokes. They also contain poyphenol antioxidants (antioxidants that are characterized by the presence of several phenol functional groups) such as ellagic acid that aids in digestion . For humans, these compounds are key in fighting oxidative stress, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The blackberry contains large amounts of folic acid, magnesium, Viatamin K, Vitamin C and dietary fiber. The seeds also contain high amounts of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Storage and Handling

Blackberries can be stored in a lidded container in the refrigerator for a few days. Do not wash them until you are ready to use them. They are easily frozen for later use. Simply spread them one layer thin on a pan, freeze, and bag. You will get a bit of a different texture but it’s well worth enjoying the taste and health benefits after the season ends.