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Jun-2015

BlackBerries

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Blackberries are a diverse group of flowering plants that are closely related to raspberries. The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family.

Blackberries are often classified according to their cane architecture into three types: erect, semi-erect, and trailing varieties.

The formal name of the blackberry is Rubus fructicosus, and there are more than 40 species. Blackberries were always considered wild, so in the early days they were not cultivated. Development of the blackberry is relatively modern and was done mostly in America.

When picking a blackberry fruit, the torus does stay with the fruit (the torus being the receptacle or stem part of the plant). So the blackberry fruit does not have a cavity or hollow core within it like the raspberry fruit.

Major Health Benefits:

1- Source of Antioxidants
Blackberry fruit is high in antioxidants, primarily due to its anthocyanin content. These can help control the activity of damaging free radical chemicals within the body.

2- Weight loss
As raspberries, Blackberry fruits have a high fiber content which help induce feelings of satiety which in turn makes a person eat less.

3- Germ Fighters
Blackberry fruits give the body a dose of germ fighting ellagic acid and antioxidant compound with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Each dry-weight gram of blackberries has 3.69 milligrams of ellagic acid. The vitamin C in blackberries also may help your body fight off germs by improving the functioning of the immune system.

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