Summer is almost over and the days are getting shorter but there is still something to look forward to. Late August and September bring us a glut of one of Love Taste’s favourite late summer fruit – BLACKBERRIES!
The British hedgerows are now bursting with these sun ripened jewels – which are delicious eaten fresh but freeze brilliantly too.
With their juicy richness they add sweetness and depth to our bestselling Berry Go Round smoothie and our activated charcoal smoothie Black Magic.
Aside from their amazing colour and flavour blackberries are brim-full of health benefits too.
They contain important nutrients including potassium, magnesium and calcium – all brilliant for upping energy levels and reducing stress.
They contain brain boosting manganese – 100 grams of blackberries deliver about a third of your recommended amount. Manganese also helps with wound healing, keeps bones and cartilage strong and healthy and regulates blood glucose levels.
Studies show blackberries also have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Some research indicates they could even help ease stomach ulcers and arthritis. Their antibacterial properties means they could help to prevent and ease gum disease – so they’re good for your teeth too!
Of course they are also jam-packed with Vitamin C – just 100 grams gives you a third of your recommended daily dose! Vitamin C is integral to collagen formation in skin, bones, connective tissue, and blood vessels.
At Love Taste we love them blitzed with raspberries and strawberries in our Vitamin C packed Berry Go Round Smoothie. If we’re feeling extra healthy we’ll have a Black Magic – a delicious, detoxifying blend of activated charcoal, blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries, blueberries and banana.
And of course when the days get cooler in September there is nothing better than a bowl of blackberry and apple crumble and fresh cream to warm you up!
Love Taste Team x