Blackberries are juicy and bursting with minerals. The mildly sweet fruits with their characteristic aroma are made up of lots of tiny drupelets. They grow on dense, thorny bushes. The larger the blackberries, the better they taste. Blackberries can be eaten as they are or in (fruit) salads, cakes and milkshakes. They are also ideal for decorating a dollop of whipped cream on top of ice-cream.
Blackberries are native to Europe and North America. Wild blackberries have of course been picked for many centuries; it is only recently that people began to cultivate them. The varieties that were imported into Europe in the 19th century proved to be ideal for cultivation.
Blackberries are the perfect ingredient for an endless variety of tasty, healthy recipes. As you will of course know, they are often used in desserts, jams, cakes and fruit shakes. But did you know they also taste wonderful in savoury dishes? Try combining them with goat cheese on a bagel. Or turn them into a sauce to serve with venison steak - a delicious autumnal treat. There's no end to the many ways in which blackberries can be used.
Blackberries must be firm and unblemished. They range in colour from purple to black. Blackberries can be kept for a few days in your refrigerator, and they will even keep for several months deep-frozen to -18°C.
Besides being tasty, blackberries are also very healthy. They are bursting with vitamins A-E, fibre and calcium. The antioxidants and anthocyanins in them will boost your vitality and strengthen your immune system. Being low in calories, blackberries are moreover ideal for a healthy, well-balanced diet.