Blackberries grow wild and are mainly grown in northern Norway, particularly Oregon and Washington. Blackberries have been referred to as Cabernet berries. Their earthy, wine-tasting gave them this moniker. The blackberry’s reputation as a health food comes from rich vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and Minerals
Blackberries are an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Blackberries are also a good source of potassium. In addition, blackberries contain calcium, B vitamins, zinc, copper and magnesium
Blackberries contain a substantial amount of phenolic acids. These are powerful antioxidants known for its anti-carcinogenic agents and countless health benefits.
Fiber and calories
One cup of blackberries has about 62 calories. Blackberries are a very good source of fiber, known to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Blackberries are hailed for their ORAC value. This oxygen radical absorbing capacity helps fight pneumonia, anti-thrombosis and cardiovascular disease and may be beneficial to diabetics.
In the 16th century, spent Europeans blackberry juice to treat infections of the mouth and eyes. Early Pacific Northwest settlers used powdered bark of the blackberry brambles relieve toothache.