Certain characteristics like purplish black color, round shape, juicy texture and incredible sweet taste is what make blackberries hard to resist, distinct and more attractive than other fruits.
When it comes to blackberries’ health benefits, they are extremely beneficial due to their abundance of vitamins A, C, folate, potassium and etc., which are essential for protecting against aging, inflammation, cancer and other neurological diseases. However, they contain fructose, which may be dangerous to your health if you eat them in excessive amounts, so consume them in moderation.
The Nutritional & Medicinal Wonders of the Blackberry Plant
1. Eat them Raw
Fresh, raw blackberries are rich source of dietary fiber, vitamins C and K, and manganese. Blackberries also provide the highest levels of antioxidants among fresh fruits, and contain powerful phytochemicals such as catechins, gallic acid, quercetin, rutin, and of course anthocyanins. These crucial nutrients work together to protect the body from cancer and cardiovascular disease, slow the aging process inside and out, and improve memory function. They are also known for their powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. After the harvest, simply wash them well and pop ’em in your mouth for a sweet and healthful snack.
2. Blackberry Pie
It takes only a 4 cups of fresh blackberries to prepare a blackberry pie and you will you have a wonderful summer dessert to enjoy.
3. Blackberry Ice Cream
Take a saucepan and pour the tempered yolks, stirring them gently. Cook over medium-low heat until they become thick and stir constantly for 5 minutes. Pour the heavy cream into the bowl with berries and then pour in the custard and stir until combine. Enjoy your cool and refreshing blackberry ice cream, topped with chunks of chocolate.
4. Blackberry Arugula Salad
An easy way to prepare a fantastic blackberry salad is by tossing together fresh blackberries, baby arugula, crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola and adding zingy citrus vinaigrette at the end.
5. Blackberry Juice
Use blackberries, cucumbers, green apples, and celery to make a blackberry juice!
6. Blackberry Wine
If you have the requisite wine making equipment on hand you can make your own heady brew of blackberry wine.
7. Blackberry Leaf Tea
When craving for blackberry, make sure to pluck off some leaves too – they also contain an impressive content of antioxidants and are especially rich in tannins, phenolic acid, flavonoids, vitamin C, and ellagic acid. In traditional medicine, blackberry leaves were widely utilized as an astringent, an anti-inflammatory, and as a treatment for diarrhea.
When harvesting blackberry leaves, it is important to choose only younger green leaves. To improve flavor and therapeutic properties, ferment the leaves by gently crushing them with a rolling pin. Use a damp cloth to wrap the leaves and hang in a warm spot. In a few days the leaves will smell like roses. Remove from the cloth and set them out to dry, turning them every few days. When they dry completely, cut or crush them and store in the freezer.
To make a simple tea, steep two teaspoons of blackberry leaves with one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Bring to boil 4 cups of water with a ½ cup of blackberry leaves and allow it to simmer until half of the water has boiled off in order to brew a stronger decoction.
This tea is rich in antioxidants, essential for treating sore throats, and to soothe an upset stomach. Allow it to cool and you can also use it topically as a compress for flesh wounds and rashes.
8. Blackberry Root Tincture
Like the leaves, blackberry roots have been widely used as a treatment for dysentery and diarrhea, relief from painful childbirth, and as a remedy for toothaches, inflamed gums, and mouth ulcers.
As the roots can be dried and made into tea, you can also use them to create a powerful tincture by digging up and cutting away several pieces of blackberry root. Wash them well and cut them up into small pieces. Since roots are quite concentrated, you need to combine them with 80 proof alcohol or apple cider vinegar at a ratio of 1:5 by weight. Add all ingredients in a clean jar, place them in a spot that receives indirect light, and give it between 4 to 6 weeks to infuse.
9. A Blackberry Plant to Call Your Own
Even though foraging for foods is a fun adventure, you’ll want to bring some of your prize home with you. You can have an endless supply of fresh fruits, leaves and roots, because it is easy to cultivate blackberries from a stem cutting and then planting them in your backyard.