Information on juicing Blackberry
The Blackberry is one of the most common of the wild berries still found in the wild. It is still prevalent due to its ability to colonise a wide range of habitats. Blackberry juice is sweet and rich tasting and has a number of health benefiting properties.
Blackberries have been used to treat a number of health conditions including gout, diarrhoea and sore throats. Blackberries are also well known for containing antioxidants that combat the harmful free radicals that damage healthy cells and lead to disease. These antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E and anthocyanin pigments. Many face creams now contain and promote their 'antioxidant properties' that help prevent signs of ageing in the skin.
When added to smoothies, blackberries are a good source of fibre as they contain the soluble fibre pectin as well as many small seeds (each blackberry is actually made up of a number of individual tiny fruits known as drupelets that each contain a seed).
If juicing blackberries then the pulp that remains (after the juice has been seperated) can be used with filtered / distilled water to make naturally flavoured ice pops for the kids. This will ensure that the fibre of the blackberries is utilised and not wasted.
The German Commission E monograph that details the benefits of many natural plants details the use of Blackberry leaf for the treatment of diarrhoea. It is the presence of tannins in the blackberry plant (including the leaves and root) that lend itself to the treatment of diarrhoea. Tannins can temporarily tighten the lining of the intestine and prevent toxic substances in the intestine from being absorbed into the bloodstream.
When juicing blackberries you should look for blackberries that are firm and shiny. Ripe blackberries will have a strong aroma. After harvesting, blackberries will perish very quickly (within a few days) and so it is essential to try and find the freshest you can (even better to pick your own). If you buy blackberries from a store then make sure to sort the blackberries when you get home, eating any that are starting to show signs of perishing and removing any with mould on or that are badly squashed. Blackberries freeze very well and will keep for around 6 months so you can enjoy blackberries in your juices and smoothies for most of the year.
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