That’s right, blackberries are not really berries! Despite its name, botanically speaking, the blackberry is not a true berry because it is an aggregate fruit, composed of small drupelets.
- Eat your berries as soon as possible, but you can also refrigerate them, lightly covered and preferably in a single layer, for 1 to 2 days.
- Avoid washing blackberries at all if possible as they are very delicate so make sure to buy organic.
How to Cook Blackberries
- Blackberries are delicious eaten out of hand, at room temperature.
- They can also be used in pies, crumbles, ice creams, jams and summer pudding.
- They pair very nicely with apples. The natural acidity of blackberries pairs well with gamey meats.
- Purée and sieve blackberries to make an ice cream topping, make sherbets or with cheesecake.
- Blackberries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that has been shown to protect the skin from ultraviolet damage.
- New research is finding that ellagic acid may not only protect the skin from damage, but also repair skin damaged by the sun!
- Blackberries are also rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber,
- They are super low in calories.
- Blackberries help combat all kinds of damage from free radicals as they are packed with antioxidants.
- Conventional berries are some of the worst when it comes to pesticide residues.
- They carry traces of chemicals that have been found dangerously harmful – from hormone disruptors to carcinogenic to obesity-causing.
- Get blackberries from an organic farmer.