Blackberry is a peculiar fruit. Technically, it is not just one fruit, because each blackberry is composed of 80-100 tiny drupelets arranged to form a circle. Think “a grape bunch,” only smaller in size and bigger in number. The berry measures 3-4 centimeters and has juicy pulp and one seed inside.
Typically, blackberries are used as topping for dessert and yogurt or blended into sauces. This is due to its sweet but tart flavor which is a perfect mix of other ingredients. But blackberries can also be eaten on their own.
What’s in it for our body?
The number of nutrients that blackberry contains is incredible. This fruit is packed with the following vitamins and antioxidants:
- Vitamin C (a 100g serving has 23 mg or 35% of the recommended daily allowance or RDA).
- Low in calories (only 43 calories per 100g serving) and sodium.
- Blackberries are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. A 100g serving of whole blackberries contains 5.3g of fiber, which is 14% of the RDA.
- Vitamins A, E, K, and B vitamins.
- Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which scavenge free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and chronic diseases.
- Minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid
- High levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals, such as ellagic acid, anthocyanins, tannin, gallic acid, pelargonidin, quercetin, cyanidins, kaempferol, catechins, and salicylic acid.
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