Berries are out of season
- The USDA says 1 cup of blackberries has about 62 calories.
- Blackberry tea was said to be a cure for dysentery during the Civil War. During outbreaks of dysentery, temporary truces were declared to allow both Union and Confederate soldiers to "go blackberrying" to forgage for blackberries to ward off the disease.
- Blackberries were enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, who believed them to be a cure for diseases of the mouth and throat, as well as a preventative against many ailments, including gout.
- The blackberry leaf was also used as an early hair dye, having been recommended by Culpeper, the English herbalist, to be boiled in a lye solution in order to "maketh the hair black".
- Researchers have known for quite some time that berries contain antioxidants which help to fight cancer causing free radicals. A study at the University of Ohio has found that blackberries are the most potent cancer fighting berries of them all, by nearly 40 percent!
- You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this! The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
- Raspberries come in many colors besides red: there are also black, purple, and gold raspberries.
- Raspberries are a very healthy food - they are high Vitamin C and naturally have no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are also a good source of iron and folate (which is used especially in treatment of low red blood cells or anemia). Raspberries contain a natural substance called ellagic acid, which is an anti-carcinogenic (cancer-preventing) compound. Raspberries have been shown to lower high blood cholesterol levels and slow release of carbohydrates into the blood stream of diabetics.
- Raspberries are high in fiber. Half to one pound of raspberry fruit per day can provide twenty to thirty grams of fiber which is adequate for an adult daily nutrition requirement.
- The USDA says 1 cup is about 64 calories!
- Like blackberries, raspberries are a type of bramble and are also known as "Cane berries"
- Raspberries are different from blackberries in that the fruit has a hollow core that remains on the plant when you pick the raspberry.
- Adding to raspberries' expense at grocery stores is their softness. Since they are so soft, they bruise easily, spoil quickly, and do not ship well. It's much better to pick your own!
- Raspberries are high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium
- Raspberries contain about 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
- Blueberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of blueberries has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer, and heart disease.
- Native Americans in the Northwest Territory smoked wild blueberries to preserve them for the winter. (Bet you didn't know that!)
- The USDA says 1 cup of blueberries is 84 calories
- Blueberries contain no cholesterol or fat and are also low in calories.
- Blueberries are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A and niacin. They contain iron and other trace minerals and are a fair source of Vitamin C.