What distinguishes the blackberries from its raspberry relatives is whether or not the torus (receptacle or stem) “picks-with” (i.e. stays with) the fruit. When picking a blackberry fruit, the torus does stay with the fruit. With a raspberry, the torus remains on the plant, leaving a hollow core in the raspberry fruit.
Contain a profuse amount of powerful antioxidant
The term “bramble”, a word meaning any impenetrable thicket, has traditionally been applied specifically to the blackberry or its products, though in the United States it applies to all members of the Rubus genus. In the western US, the term caneberry is used to refer to blackberries and raspberries as a group rather than the term bramble.
Botanically it is termed an aggregate fruit
The usually black fruit is not a berry in the botanical sense of the word. Botanically it is termed an aggregate fruit, composed of smalldrupelets. It is a widespread and well-known group of over 375 species, many of which are closely related apomictic microspecies nativethroughout Europe, northwestern Africa, temperate western and central Asia and North and South America.
The nutritional power of purple foods
Health benefits of purple foods
The hue of purple represents luxury, sophistication and royalty. When it comes to your well-being, the regal color also represents a wide variety of health-promoting properties. If you are looking to improve certain aspects of your health, look great or simply relax, the power of purple can help you achieve your goals. Here are some ways to incorporate more nutritionally-potent purple into your diet.
Purple foods prevent premature aging
When thinking of food, purple is usually not the first color that comes to mind. Even though the color purple may not be a commonly grace your daily dinner plate, it is very beneficial to consume some bruise-colored foods.
Purple foods prevent premature aging
Purple foods are colored by a pigment called anthocyanin, a strong and protective antioxidant which can help reduce the risk of cancer, help improve memory and assist with healthy aging.
Purple foods protect your heart
Purple fruits and vegetables are also packed with flavonoids — known to be one of the most powerful phytochemicals. Flavonoids are heart-healthy, beneficial to the cardiovascular system and can lower your risk of heart disease.
Eat more of these purple foods
Purple vegetables: Some purple vegetables include eggplant, purple cabbage, purple peppers, purple potatoes and purple onions.Purple fruits: Purple fruits include grapes, plums, figs, raisins, prunes and blackberries.
“Sweet medicine from the forest”
Purple plants: Even purple-colored herbs — like lavender and purple basil — provide powerful nutritional benefits. In addition to the lovely fragrance lavender adds to hair and skin care products, eye pillows and drawer satchels, the renowned herb is associated with increasing blood circulation and reducing insomnia, anxiety, migraines and depression as well as treating skin ailments such as psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, cuts and burns. Lavender essential oil also has both antifungal and antiseptic properties.
Blackberries – medicine from nature
Another popular dark-colored herb is purple basil, which has high doses of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Purple basil is beneficial for the hair, skin and eyes. With so many readily-edible choices to improve your well-being, it is easy to put purple on your daily dinner plate.
Antioxidant – packed Blackberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Add spinach, banana and milk or yogurt in the blender and process until creamy.
Add blackberries (setting aside a few for garnish) and pulse two or three times to incorporate.
Distribute the smoothie evenly in the serving bowls. Garnish with fresh blackberries, top with chia and pumpkin seeds and sprinkle with coconut flakes.