While cleaning up the garden, I came across a huge blackberry bush that had been growing quietly for two years and I didn't pay attention to it. I didn't get rid
of it like most people do. I only pruned spring branches so that they would not dominate the garden. This year the blackberry bush made me a huge surprise and gave
a lot of fruit that I did not expect. I could easily advertise for those who like ` PICK YOUR OWN` but I decided to use this gift of Nature. Below I
have described a few facts that will bring you closer to the properties of this super fruit. You will also find out what I have made from it.
Blackberries are one of the oldest fruits known to us, found in excavations dating back to prehistoric times. They can be grown on production farms as well as in
home gardens. They are known not only for their taste, but most of all for their healing and slimming properties. Blackberry looks a bit like a raspberry, moreover, these
fruits belong to one family and have similar growing requirements. Blackberry shoots, however, are longer and much more thorny than those of her close cousin.
Blackberry fruits, also known as berry or spear, are most often dark purple or black in colour, and the taste, depending on the species, can be sour or very sweet.
Blackberries and slimming
Blackberries contain a lot of water and that is why they are classified as low-calorie fruits, they can easily be included in the dietary menu. A handful of blackberries
(about 65 grams) provides only 46 kcal and as much as 4.7 g of fibre, compared to an average banana contains only 2.0 g of fibre and as much as 120 kcal! In addition,
the presence of small seeds is associated with a high content of ballast substances which, by stimulating digestion, prevent troublesome constipation. Blackberries are
rich in many valuable nutrients.
They also contain large amounts of vitamins, including: Vitamin C- 21 mg Thiamine - 0.020 mg Riboflavin- 0.026 mg Niacin - 0.646 mg Vitamin B6- 0.030 mg Folic acid
- 25 μg Vitamin A- 11 μg Vitamin E- 1.17 μg Vitamin K - 19.8 µg
Blackberry is one of the oldest medicinal plants...
Dark purple blackberry fruits provide plenty of potassium, which is why they are especially recommended for people with high blood pressure and heart disease. The
high iron content is especially beneficial for people suffering from anaemia, children, pregnant and lactating women and vegetarians. Blackberries are also a source of
calcium, which positively affects the condition of the skeleton and the proper conduct of stimuli in the brain and heart. The content of vitamin C is of great importance
in building the body's defences, which should be appreciated especially now, when a cool and rainy autumn begins. In addition, ascorbic acid has a positive effect on
the absorption of iron contained in blackberries. Blackberries, among other fruits, are distinguished by a high content of ellagic acid, a bioactive substance that
supports the immune system and fights free radicals, which are the precursors of cancer cells. Anthocyanins (natural pigments), which can be found in abundance in
blackberries, also have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Blackberries are used as ingredients in cakes, creams, ice cream, jams, compotes, jelly or jellies. Tinctures, wines and blackberry juices, syrups and teas are
especially popular, which due to the high vitamin content are often used in colds and flu. When buying blackberries, we must pay attention to their colour - they should
be dark purple, black - avoid unripe dark red ones. Fresh fruit is dry and shiny, it is best to keep it in the refrigerator and eat it no later than 2-3 days from the date of
purchase. Due to the delicate flesh, they should be washed briefly under running water, then put on a paper towel that will absorb excess water. Without fear of losing
valuable nutrients, you can choose frozen fruit, the vitamin C contained in blackberries is resistant to low temperatures.
Blackberry leaves are also used in everyday life - Folium Rubi fructosi. They mainly contain tannins that have a strong antibacterial effect, organic acids that stimulate
the secretion of digestive juices, as well as dyes and pectins. Their infusions are astringent, disinfecting, diuretic and anti-diarrheal. In herbal medicine, they are
sometimes recommended as a soothing agent for heartburn, flatulence and skin lesions. The shrub's leaves are also used in the care of skin, hair and nails. It is enough
to prepare the infusion and add it to the bath instead of chemical care products. We can treat a cocktail, jelly or blackberry tea as an investment in ourselves, our health
and beauty. Strong bones, beautiful skin, proper functioning of the digestive and immune systems, as well as protection against free radicals are within reach - just use
the precious gift of nature, which are blackberries.