Blackberries in the nature are mostly widespread in the northern and temperate latitudes, in coniferous and mixed forests, in the floodplain of rivers and in the forest-steppe zone. The plant blooms in mid-June and blooms all summer. On the same plant at the same time there could be located immature and mature berries.
Despite their small size, blackberries are rich with many useful health elements. Among them are sucrose, glucose, fructose (up to 5%), lemon, tartaric, malic, salicylic and other organic acids. Also vitamins B, C, E, K, R, PP, provitamin A, as well as different minerals – potassium, copper and manganese.
Raw blackberry is considered to be a dietary and low-calorie product, containing only 31 kcal per 100 g. This makes the berries a perfect treat for people who want to loose weight. However it can also help to gain weight, if that’s what required – in canned and frozen form blackberry has 92 kcal and 64 kcal respectively. This makes it a universal product suitable for different people with different life goals.
Blackberries in medicine
In medicine, fresh berries of blackberries are used to strengthen the body and enrich it with vitamins. Eating blackberries helps to improve blood composition. As for the leaves – they intensify digestion. Blackberry juice has a restorative and soothing effect. Juices from leaves are used to treat wounds, dermatoses, lichens, eczema, with gum disease, angina, pharyngitis, stomatis.
Blackberry unique taste
In addition to being great home remedy against various health issues, blackberries are just a great fruit to enjoy. Jams, teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, syrups, cookies and many other products can be created using this wonderful fruit. Without a doubt, the unique taste (a combination of sweet and sour) and versatility of the berry is one of the biggest argument to start adding it to your daily ration.