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  • Blackberries are available year-round in most regions, with peak season being June to August.

Health Benefits of Blackberries:

  • Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food.
  • Contains anthocyanins, a powerful phytonutrient that has shown to protect the brain from stress and may reduce the effect of age-related conditions.
  • Blackberries are also high in fiber and Vitamins C, E and K.

How to Select Blackberries:

  • Look for blackberries that are firm and have a deep color.
  • Avoid blackberries with hulls attached, which is a sign of premature picking, or soft, moldy berries.

How to Store Blackberries:

  • Store blackberries unwashed in the original container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to Prepare Blackberries:

  • Rinse blackberries gently with cool water just before you’re ready to eat them.

Fun Facts about Blackberries:

  • Unripen blackberries are red in color, not green.
  • Blackberries are considered a “bramble” crop, named after the thorns that cover many varieties of the plants.

Learn more at the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association

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