The blackberry is the 'quiet achiever' of the berry world. Not quite as famous as its red and blue cousins, blackberries are still delicious on their own or added to a variety of dishes, desserts and preserves.
More blackberry facts
- Blackberries are high in Vitamin E, known to protect the heart, strengthen blood vessels and improve eyesight
- A top 10 fruit for antioxidants, which are essential to combat the effects of ageing and protect against a range of diseases including certain cancers
- Blackberries are high in phytoestrogens, which are associated with protecting against breast and cervical cancer
- They're high in fibre
- Blackberries contain folic acid – which can reduce chromosomal defects in sperm
Selection and storage
To select: Choose plump dark-coloured blackberries with no mould or damage, and avoid buying blackberries that are packed too tightly.
To store: It’s best to keep blackberries refrigerated and they are ideally eaten within a day or two of purchase.