Friday, July 6, 2012

Wild berries are the sweetest

There are wild black raspberries all over our neighborhood's back roads, and oh, are they deliciously sweet... when ripe. If not, they are so sour! The only way to tell if they are ripe is if you pull slightly on the berry and it falls off. It can be very dark, but unless if pulls off easily, it is NOT good to eat.

ask my how I know!


  1. Pick all you can...they are free and so good for you.You can freeze them for later. Make wonderful pies or pasteries with them.
    •Fresh season typically July 1st through July 21st
    •A small (2.0g) blue-black berry with a small seed
    •Also known as “Blackcaps”or "Blackberries"
    •Native to North America
    •Extremely dark pigment allows black raspberries to be used as a coloring agent. The USDA stamp on meat was made with black raspberry dye for many years.

    Source: Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission

    Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC), Anthocyanin, and Ellagic Acid Values
    Recent testing has confirmed that Oregon black raspberries have astonishingly high antioxidant levels. Antioxidant levels, shown in terms of their oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC), are a measure of a substance's ability to absorb oxygen free radicals. Oxygen free radicals can damage DNA, cause cellular change, oxidize LDL cholesterol, and cause premature mental aging. Consuming foods high in antioxidants helps prevent cancer, heart disease, stroke, and possibly Alzheimer's Disease. When compared to other foods, black raspberries have extremely high ORAC values. They are also among the highest foods in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins give foods like black raspberries their deep, dark color and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and vasoprotective properties. Research has linked anthocyanins with improved vision, cardiovascular health, memory retention in old age and reduced risk of hypertension.

  2. We weren't sure, but these are not quite ripe yet, except for the rare one that I find once in awhile. thank you for sharing this info with me! I still have the stain in my fingers from two days ago when I took this picture :)

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