Season: June to August
Description: Blackberries are a source of vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A helps maintain eye health. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Blackberries also provide potassium, vitamin K, magnesium and fiber. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, vitamin K and magnesium help build and maintain strong bones, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.
Vitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, Magnesium, Fiber
Selection: Choose blackberries that are dry, firm and well shaped.
Storing: In the refrigerator in the original container or on a plate covered with plastic wrap for up to 1 week. To freeze, place berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer until the berries are frozen. Place in freezer bags and use within 1 year.
Preparation: Rinse berries before use.
Serving: Eat plain or on top of cereal, yogurt or ice cream.