Cultivated blackberry (Morus Nigra) is the fruit of the mulberry tree, black, white or red. It belongs to the Moraceae family.
In summer it can also be found, in the wild (Rubus Fruticosus), fruit of the bramble. It belongs to the Rocasées family, like the raspberry.
The wild blackberry is believed to be native to Asia Minor. While the cultivated blackberry would be European. They are, however, both very similar.
On our shelves we find the "Black Diamond", "the Jambo" or the "Black Pearl".
We appreciate blackberries for the pleasure of picking them, to cook them for the most greedy, but also for their benefits on our health and their virtues in cosmetology.
Blackberry: for the record:
Blackberry has long been used for its medicinal properties. Indeed, the American Indians used the roots of bramble (wild blackberry) to relieve asthenia in women after pregnancy. And the Americans used it as a remedy for diarrhea.
During Antiquity, it was already used as a treatment for sore throats in the Greeks.
According to Greek mythology, the blackberry comes from the blood of the Titans, during the war against the Gods.
In Europe, blackberries have been cultivated for more than 2,000 years.
Blackberry and its health benefits:
The blackberry is full of water (85%), it is a diuretic. It moisturizes, refreshes and heals urinary tract infections, gout and cystitis.
At the digestive level, blackberries are a laxative. It contains fibers (17g / 100g) which regulate transit, suppress parasites, reduce inflammation and burns in the stomach and intestines.
It is also a very good anti-inflammatory. It reduces inflammation of the gums, pharynx (pharyngitis), larynx (laryngitis).
It is very effective in cases of angina, sore throat, mouth ulcers and hemorrhoids.
The blackberry has properties antipyretics, its juice decreases fever.
It is also a very good anti-oxidant. It contains vitamin C (32 mg / 100g), vitamin E, which slow down premature aging and protect the body from attacks by contributing to the functioning of the immune system.
It’s also a anti-carcinogenic, its anti-oxidants limit the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells.
At the same time, flavonoids are pigments that protect the cardiovascular system by reducing bad cholesterol levels. Blackberry thus prevents the onset of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Its vitamin C content makes blackberries a antiscorbutic.
It contains iron (2.3 mg / 100 g). It is recommended in case of anemia.
Mulberry leaves are astringent. They speed up the process of healing, thanks to their antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Its leaves are used for minor injuries.
> Internal use:
Blackberry syrup : for sore throats or to eliminate intestinal parasites.
Cook 1 kg of blackberries in 20 cl of water. Pass through Chinese to filter the seeds. With the juice obtained, add 1 and a half times its weight in sugar. Cook for a few minutes. Turn off before the syrup has boiled.
Blackberry juice : in case of fever.
Tisane blackberry leaves : Boil water with a good handful of mulberry leaves. Filter and drink throughout the day. Indications: tonsillitis, throat irritations, canker sores, pharyngitis, laryngitis and urinary tract infections.
> External use:
As a poultice: The leaves of the wild mulberry are useful to treat minor injuries.
Contraindications: As its glycemic index is low, blackberry is not contraindicated for people with diabetes.
Blackberries in the kitchen:
The nutritional benefits of blackberries:
Blackberries are low in calories 43 kcal / 100g.
Blackberries provide many essential vitamins (C, B, E and A), minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus) and trace elements (iron, copper, zinc).
For dessert, we like to eat blackberries floods or cooked, plain, with cottage cheese, in pie, crumble, muffins, coulis, jelly or jam.
To cool off, you can eat it as a sorbet or a smoothie.
> To discover : the Ripe Fruit Jam
The blackberry coulis goes very well with hot goat cheese toast (for your salads, or appetizers).
It can also be added to the sauces of your meats.
Blackberry, in cosmetics:
Blackberry is also used for its cosmetic benefits. Moisturizing, it takes care of your dry hair and your skin.
Blackberry seed essential oil is a very good anti wrinkle. Blackberry anti-oxidants limit the aging of the skin. In addition, it nourishes the skin, hydrates it.
For the picking: avoid blackberries at ground level, prefer those high up.
How to remove blackberry stains from your laundry? Rub the stain in a circular fashion with half a lemon before putting it in the machine.