How to Choose The Sweetest Blackberries
For a healthy dose of antioxidants, be sure to include blackberries in your meals this summer. Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents of any other fruit, claim researchers at Oregon State University. Blackberries contain high levels of antioxidant phytonutrients, such as manganese, vitamins C, E and K according to experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to the American Heart Association, the antioxidants in blackberries can protect eyesight, decrease inflammation, prevent premature mental aging, strengthen the blood vessels, protect the cardiovascular system, and decrease risks of developing a variety of chronic illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Read on to learn how to select the sweetest most delicious blackberries.
What to look for: Look for large, soft blackberries that are nearly black in color rather than dark burgundy. If the berries are at all firm, they will be sour. Blackberries are best when they are very soft and easy to bruise. It is a good sign if the individual beads that the berries are comprised of are dark, plump, and full of juice.
What to avoid: Avoid berries that have bright red sections which are an indication of un-ripeness. Also steer clear of blackberries that show signs of mold or leakage.
Storage: As a highly perishable edible treasure, must be eaten quickly. Blackberries may be refrigerated for up to three days.
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