Summer is spelled as ‘blackberries’ for me. I love blackberries. For starters, it is easy to eat (no peeling!). Plus the sweet and juicy flavour makes for a tasty treat. No wonder it’s a favourite among kids. But along with these immediate benefits, this delicious fruit has a lot more on offer.

Talk of skin, hair or overall health, this yummy fruit extends its benefits to all. Blackberries are available in plenty during mid-autumn. It is an aggregate fruit, composed of several smaller fruits known as drupes. It belongs to the Rosaceaefamily (1). The fruit is deep purple in colour with smooth, fragile skin. Thanks to the fruitfulness of blackberries, they have even found mention in the Bible and British folklore.

Still doubt the calibre of blackberries? Here is a post on blackberries’ benefits for skin, hair and health. But before I start listing out various benefits, here’s a detailed chart elucidating its nutritional value.

Blackberry Nutrition Chart: (USDA)

PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy43 Kcal
Carbohydrates9.61 g
Protein1.39 g
Total Fat0.49 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Dietary Fiber5.3 g
Folates25 µg
Niacin0.646 mg
Pantothenic acid0.276 mg
Pyridoxine0.030 mg
Thiamin0.020 IU
Vitamin A214 IU
Vitamin C21 mg
Vitamin E1.17 mg
Vitamin K19.8 µg
Sodium1 mg
Potassium162 mg
Calcium29 mg
Copper165 µg
Iron0.62 mg
Magnesium20 mg
Manganese0.646 mg
Selenium0.4 µg
Zinc0.53 mg
Carotene-ß128 µg
Carotene-α0 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin118 µg

By Dwight Sipler from Stow, MA, USA (BlackberriesUploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons