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Blackberries

Availability

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.

 

History

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.

 

Facts

  • 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! 

 

Growing Facts

  • 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

Nutrition Information

1 cup = 123g

  Average Quantity per serving % Daily Intake per serve Average Quantity per 100 g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 320/76 4% 260/62
Protein (g) 1.5 3% 1.3
Fat, total (g) 0.6 1% 0.5
- saturated (g) 0.02 0% 0.02
Available carbohydrate (g) 12.4 4% 10.1
- sugars (g) 12.4 14% 10.1
Dietary Fibre (g) 7.5 25% 6.1
Sodium (mg) 5 0% 4
Vitamin C (mg) 25 62% RDI* 20
Vitamin E (mg) 4.3 43% RDI* 3.5
Manganese (mg) 2 40% ESADDI* 2
Folate (µg) 31 15% RDI* 25
Calcium (mg) 77 10% RDI* 63
Potassium (mg) 258   210

Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ

Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs

*Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)

 

Source: FOODfiles 2016