What you need to know: Blackberries are similar in appearance to raspberries but tend to be much larger as well as having a glossier looking skin. Blackberries are perhaps one of the more bitter berries and therefore they do not appeal to everyone’s liking. Blackberries are also known as thimbleberries or brambleberries. They can be enjoyed in the same manner as other berries as a snack, with cereal, in pies and other desserts as well as in smoothies, jams or salads.
Season: Fresh local blackberries are available in July and August.
What to look for: Look for plump, dark berries that have no sign of bruising or mould.
How to store it: Do not wash berries until you are ready to serve them. Before storing double check the whole batch for bruising and mould and discard them. Store them in a single layer over paper towels in a covered container with a lid or with cellophane wrap.
Why you should try it: Blackberries have many uses and are especially nice in jams and desserts such as cobblers and pies. They have multiple health benefits including one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits due to the deep colour of their skin. As well they assist with brain health and memory, help keep skin taught and youthful, assist with tummy troubles and inflammation such as haemorrhoids and also are good for healthy muscles due to a high content of Vitamin K. It is a healthy choice to add to your diet eaten fresh in smoothies, on cereal or even as a tart and invigorating snack.