The blackberry (Blackberries) is basically an aggregate fruit made up of drupes, which are smaller fruits. The fruit has smooth, delicate skin and is extremely dark purple. A greenish-white center can be found near the bottom of the blackberry. Blackberries are often mistaken for raspberries. Raspberries, on the other hand, have a hollow heart. Blackberries are red in color and hard when unripe, but turn black and shiny when they ripen.
The stems of the blackberry tree are long, trailing, or arching (known as canes). The berries are grown on canes that are two years old. The blackberry can grow up to ten feet tall. Even though the canes are pale green and have thorns, there are thornless plants. Blackberry leaves are arranged in an alternate pattern along with the cane, with each leaf having 3-5 leaflets. The compound leaves are toothed all the way around the edges, prickly, and bright green.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and a cup of berries contains half of your daily vitamin C quota. Vitamin C helps our bodies establish a stronger immune system, and it also lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and macular degeneration. Vitamin C aids wound healing and has been linked to a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles in studies.
Blackberries contain ellagic acid, a potent antioxidant that has been shown to protect our skin from UV damage. New research shows that ellagic acid not only protects our skin from harm, but also heals sun-damaged skin. Furthermore, study has shown that ellagic acid has anti-cancer effects, according to the American Cancer Society. Anthocyanins are the pigments that give blackberries their dark hue. They have been shown to reduce inflammation. Anthocyanins, as antioxidants, aid in the fight against free radicals in our bodies, which damage cells and cause illnesses like cancer and cardiovascular disease.
A cup of blackberries contains 8 grams of dietary fiber, or 31% of the daily recommended amount. Dietary fiber promotes a healthy digestive system and can lower the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dietary fiber has also been shown to aid weight loss in studies.
Blackberries are high in vitamin K, containing 36% of the daily recommended amount. Vitamin K is usually used by our bodies to aid in blood clotting and calcium absorption.