Blackberries: Many vitamins - few calories
The blackberry season has started. The delicious fruits have a lot to offer for health. The ingredients have a positive effect on blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. They also strengthen the immune system - and they have only a few calories.
According to experts, at least five servings of fruit and vegetables should be consumed per day. Because it contains numerous vitamins, phytochemicals, minerals and fiber that are important for our body. Blackberries are currently available here - they are currently available in shops and markets. If you collect them yourself, you should be careful.
Be careful when picking
Ripe blackberries are a real delicacy. In Germany they ripen from late June to October. As the Federal Center for Nutrition (BZfE) explains, the blackberry (Rubus sectio Rubus) is botanically a so-called cluster stone fruit, in which many small stone fruits sit on a cone-shaped fruit soil.
Each individual berry contains a hard seed, which is embedded in the juicy flesh like a cherry and is covered by a thin outer skin. Even when ripe, the fruit soil does not separate from the fruit - unlike, for example, the raspberry. The blackberry grows to about two to three centimeters in size and has a dark red or violet almost black color.
You should be careful when picking the fruits because the shrub has numerous spines, newer varieties no longer have them. This is indicated by experts on the public health portal of Austria "Gesundheit.gv.at". Blackberries should be harvested ripe because they do not ripen.
Health promoting ingredients
The aroma of ripe blackberries is incomparable. According to the BZfE, the sweet and sour taste of the juicy fruit is due in particular to the fruit acids it contains and the relatively high sugar content.
Blackberries have the highest provitamin A content among the berries. According to the experts, provitamin A is converted in the body into vitamin A, which is important for the eyes, among other things. Also noteworthy are the levels of vitamin C and vitamin E, both of which are involved in cell protection, and the vitamins from the B group, which are essential for metabolic processes. The fruit also contains important minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as fiber.
As it says on the portal "Gesundheit.gv.at", the contained flavonoids (anthocyanins), which give the blackberry its typical color, have numerous health-promoting effects, among other things they can reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, regulate blood pressure and positively affect the immune system.
Blackberries have just 36 kilocalories per 100 grams and are very good for raw consumption. But they can also be used extremely versatile in the kitchen. The low-calorie fruits enrich every dessert, for example ice cream, yoghurt or quark dishes, are convincing as a cake or cake topping or as an addition to the rum pot. Jam, jelly, fruit sauce or compote can also be made from or with blackberries. If you like, you can also process them into juice, syrup, wine, liqueur or fruit spirit.
If stains occur, the following tip from "Gesundheit.gv.at" should be observed: "Treat blackberry stains on clothes, tea towels etc. before washing with vinegar or lemon juice."
Ripe blackberries are very soft. The fruits are very delicate and spoil quickly. It is therefore best to store them side by side on a plate in the refrigerator. They stay there for about a day or two. If you want to store larger amounts, the blackberries are best frozen. (ad)
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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.