We are growing blackberries in 2016 for the first time in a number of years.
We have chosen a variety called Driscolls Victoria, a premium sweeter eating variety that is perhaps the best tasting blackberry available (although nothing beats a wild blackberry straight off the bush!)
We will be cropping 2 hectares of Victoria in 2016
Our blackberry season runs from mid June to mid September.
Blackberries are a great source of nutrients including dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, manganese and iron.
Other nutritional benefits include a very low sodium count and having only 62 calories and less than 1 gram of fat per cup.
Blackberries contain numerous phytochemicals including polyphenols, flavonoids, anthocyanins, salicylic acid, ellagic acid, and fiber. Anthocyanins in blackberries are responsible for their rich dark color.
There is evidence of people having eaten blackberries since the neolithic times (healthy living in the stone age!).
Here is a list of interesting blackberry facts:
•Blackberries are a relative of the rose and native to Europe and North America
•Blackberries are also known as brambleberries because it grows from a bramble, a thorny stemmed shrub. The term bramble literally meaning 'impenetrable thicket'
•It apparently was believed believed that the first blackberry spotted growing each year would banish warts.
•Folklore in the UK tells that blackberries should not be picked in the wild after Old Michaelmas Day (11 October) as the devil has made them unfit to eat by stepping, spitting or fouling on them