How to Choose the Sweetest Blackberries
Who can resist the sweet and fragrant blackberries that swell so deliciously each summer? Did you know out of all the foods that exist, blackberries are considered to be one of the all time highest sources of antioxidants? That’s right, blackberries not only taste incredible, but they are also good for your health as well! Read on to find out how to choose the sweetest blackberries every time, and be sure to eat your share of these tasty nutritious fruits while they are in season!
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, blackberries may be refrigerated for up to three days.
One thing blackberries are good for:A Healthy Dose of Antioxidants: 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. 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, according to the American Heart Association.
More: To learn more about the secrets of selecting fruits and vegetables in the store, check out Valya’s iPhone/Android app, Quality Produce. If are tired of stringy avocados, sour grapefruits, and flavorless peaches, then you will love the Quality Produce App. With over 50 edible fruits, vegetables, and greens covered in great detail, this tool will help you choose the ripest, sweetest, and freshest produce every time without fail! Plus, the audio function allows one to listen as well as read right in the store. For those of you who do not own a smartphone, this item is now available as an e-book available at:
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