Blackberries are native to Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America. Early European settlers found wild blackberries growing on vast tracts of land and used them as food and for medicinal purposes. Blackberries now grown commercially for eating in Australia are cultivars that are specifically bred for market. The first European blackberry was introduced from Britain in the 1830s.
- Just one cup of raw blackberries has 30.2 milligrams of vitamin C. That’s half the daily recommended value. Vitamin C is integral to collagen formation in bones, connective tissue, and blood vessels.
- Just one cup of raw blackberries provides almost 29 micrograms over one-third of the daily recommended value of vitamin K. Vitamin K is the reason why you don’t bleed profusely when you cut yourself: It helps your blood clot. Vitamin K also plays a role in bone metabolism. Vitamin K deficiency may lead to bone thinning and bone fractures. It may cause easy bruising, heavy menstrual bleeding, and blood in the stool or in the urine.
- One cup of raw blackberries contains 0.9 milligrams of manganese, almost half the daily recommended value. Keep in mind though that too much manganese may be toxic.
- One cup of blueberries provides 24 percent of a person recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
- Eating berry fruits like blackberries may improve brain health and help prevent memory loss caused by ageing.
- blackberry extract has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities against some types of bacteria that cause oral disease.