As with most fruits, blackberries have a low fat content. This is good news if you are dieting. With less than 1% of your daily recommended value of fat, you can fill up on blackberries without feeling guilty. Their sweet taste, juicy flavor and crunchy seeds may satisfy several cravings.Blackberries are rich in antioxidants. They have anthocyanins, which will work to prevent the effects of aging, cancer and neurological diseases. They also help to fight diabetes and bacterial infections. The ellagic acid in blackberries can help to reduce blood pressure. Blackberries contain rutin, which is a flavonoid that works to improve blood circulation. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and can lower the risk of heart disease. The gallic acid in blackberries is an anti-fungal and anti-viral antioxidant that is used to help treat psoriasis and hemorrhoids.Blackberries also contain p-coumaric acid which can lower the risk of stomach cancer. Vitamins A and C work together as antioxidants to help strengthen the immune system and fight free radicals. Blackberries provide a great deal of health benefits. They help to lower risk your heart disease and stroke, and they may lower your risk of certain cancers. Blackberries may also help to prevent diabetes and age-related cognitive decline. Their low fat and high dietary fiber content makes them ideal for weight loss as they are satisfying without adding on the pounds. When choosing blackberries, look for ones that have a rich, deep color and that are plump. If they have hulls, they were picked too early and will be tart. Blackberries will not ripen after they are picked. Store them unwashed in an air-tight refrigerated container.
1. Size of plant for planting in the field. One yea rcane grown in a 6.25 to 12 cm container. Stem length 15 to 30 cm.
2. Plant spacing 1 meter apart, 3 meters aisles.
3. Blackberry plants grow the stems from the crown of the plant growing a bush type structure. The branches will spread to a width of 1 meter and a
height of 1.5 meters. The branches are trained on a simple 2 or 3 wiretrellis for ease of harvest.
4. Recommended number of productive stems per plant is 6. After harvest, the canes must be removed. The fruits are borne on 2 season stems and
5. Plant anytime of the year providing there is adequate irrigation. The best time for planting is in the sold months of November thru January.
6. If planted in November thru January, the plants will yield in the following year in the month of Mayor June. A yield of 1 to 2 kiloscan be harvested the
7. Harvest will need to be accomplished every 2nd or 3rd day for 3 weeks, depending on the ripeness of the fruits.
8. Plants will produce one crop per year when grown outdoors.
9. The second season and the future years, the plants will produce a yield of 5 to 8 kilo per plant.
10. The fruits are highly perishable. Harvesting on time and post harvest treatment will determine the shelf life of the fresh fruits.
11. Approximately 75% of the fruits can be marketed fresh, and 25% marketed as frozen product.
Blackberry: Triple Crown and Black Raspberry Jewell
1. Highest yields and plant longevity to 20 years.
a. Dormancy period 500 to 1,000 hours of accumulative cold temperatures 0 to 7 degrees C
suites the temperature of India.
2. 30% less yield with less hours, plant longevity 8 to 10 years.
a. 400 to 499 hours of accumulative cold temperatures 0 to 7 degrees C.
b. Chilling hours less than 400, will not yield fruits more than 1 to 2 years, = no profitability.
3. Cold tolerance of the cultivars - 30C.
4. Heat tolerance 38 degrees with irrigation.