The blackberry is actually an aggregate fruit, which consists of smaller fruits known as drupes arranged in a circular fashion. Each drupe comprises a juicy pulp with a single tiny seed and gives the blackberry its punch of sweetness and flavor.
Blackberries are one of the most antioxidant rich foods in the world. Antioxidants are necessary for life and are well known to reverse and prevent heart disease and even cancer. The purple and red color of the berry comes from it’s poly phenols which provide most of it’s antioxidant properties.
One cup of blackberries contains nearly 50% of your recommended daily allowance of manganese. Manganese is a trace mineral necessary for all living organisms. It is crucial in the development of bones as well as metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
One cup of blackberries contains 8 grams of fiber, meeting 31% of the daily recommended amount of fiber. High in fiber these little gems help keep your cholesterol low which, in turn, keeps your heart healthy. Fiber also aids in the regularity of your digestive system.
One serving of blackberries (about 1 cup) provides about 30% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most common antioxidants and contributes to healthy gums, absorption of iron and healthy capillaries, formation of collagen and a vibrant immune system.