Blackberries

July - August

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Blackberries, also known as brambles, have had a long history as health-promoting food. In fact, during the American Civil War, both the Confederate and Union armies would call a truce to let soldiers forage for blackberries, which were made into a tea thought to ward off dysentery. Today, scientists recognize many of the compounds found in blackberries as immune-boosting. In short, these little guys are one those rare foods that are not only delicious but very good for you too!

Nutrition: Blackberries are packed with a long-list of essential nutrients that promote good health, including dietary fiber, calcium, and iron. They also contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants found in fruit, including vitamin C, anthocynanins (which give the berries their dark color) and ellagic acid, which aids in skin health.

Blackberries