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.
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.
- 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!
- 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
Blackberries are an excellent source of dietary fibre, a good source of manganese, vitamins C and E and a source of folate and potassium.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.