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 protects eye health. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C boosts iron absorption. 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 bowel movements 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 weight bags and use within 1 year.

Preparation: Rinse berries before use.

Serving: Eat plain or on top of cereal, yogurt or ice cream.

Nutrition Data: Nutrition data for Blackberries

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