Blackberries


blackberry

With a harvest of 6-8 weeks, blackberries are a short, but welcomed treat. As with our blueberries, we take pride in offering berries grown naturally and picked at the peak of sweetness. These are not your supermarket berries that are bruised and shipped across the country. You’re getting blackberries that are delivered just the way nature intended, directly to your table!

Storage and Prep

Blackberries can mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator. They can be frozen if not needed right away. Just wash and cut the hulls off then place in an air-tight bag. Your berries will keep for many months frozen with no air.

It’s important not to was your berries until you’re ready to freeze them. Washing makes blackberries more prone to spoiling. When you get home with your berries, put a couple days supply into the fridge, wash off the others and freeze until needed. That is, unless you’re making a delicious blackberry jam right away!

Keep the berries in temperatures between 34 F and 38 F. For the best tasting berries, use them as soon as possible.

Nutrition

Blackberries very high in ellagic acid which is an antioxidant that acts as a hunter to help make potential cancer-causing chemicals inactive. Ellagic acid reduces the genetic damage caused by carcinogens like air pollution or tobacco smoke. They also contain other antioxidants that help lower cholesterol and ward off cardiovascular disease.

Blackberries are high in:

  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber

During the Civil War, blackberry tea was administered for dysentery.  Temporary truces were even given to allow both sides to go ‘blackberrying” and forge for this nutritious fruit.

Take advantage of the short black berry season during the summer and grab a pint today!