EN on Foods

July 2012 Issue

Blackberries: Summer’s Antioxidant Splash

The folklore. The blackberry’s sweet-tart flavor can be as addicting as the modern smartphone namesake. Native to Asia, Europe, and North and South America, it has been used as food, medicine and as a thorny hedge to discourage intruders. Also known as brambleberry, from “brambel,” meaning “prickly,” the blackberry was used curatively by ancient Greeks for gout and by the English, who applied the leaves topically to relieve burns. It’s even said that truces were called during dysentery outbreaks in the Civil War so soldiers could gather blackberry leaves to make a tea to ward off the intestinal illness.

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