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Blackberries

Blackberries
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Availability

New Zealand Blackberries are available from December through to March.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Throughout history the blackberry has had significance in medicine and for more than 2000 years has been used to treat bowel problems and fever. The Ancient Greeks prescribed blackberries to help with gout. Blackberry plants are native to Asia, Europe, North and South America.

 

Facts

  • Blackberries belong to the rose family
  • The blackberry is called an "aggregate fruit" because each berry is really a cluster of tiny fruit
  • “Batology” is the scientific study of brambles, which includes blackberries - there are over 1,000 known species! 

 

Growing Facts

  • Blackberries can be successfully grown in most parts of New Zealand and are very easy to grow
  • Blackberry plants are considered a problem weed in some areas of New Zealand

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/2 cup - 64g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 166/40 260/62
Protein (g) 0.8 1.3
Fat, total (g) 0.3 0.5
- saturated (g) trace trace
Carbohydrate (g) 6.5 10.1
- sugars (g) 6.5 10.1
Dietary Fibre (g) 3.9 6.1
Sodium (mg) 3 4
Vitamin C (mg) 12.8 20
Vitamin E (mg) 2.2 3.5
Folate (µg) 16 25
Calcium (mg) 40.3 63
Iron (mg) 0.6 0.9
Potassium (mg) 143 210

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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