Blackberries: How To Select, Store & Serve


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Here are the 3 main reasons why I love Blackberries:

1. Blackberries are always in season

blackberry seasonality


This fruit is grown in both the Northern & Southern Hemisphere, so the harvest simply transitions to new regions during  Summer, Spring, Winter & Fall.  North Bay Produce makes it easy to understand this concept with their Seasonality Chart.  American consumers must understand that it is impossible to have produce items sourced from the USA 12 months out of the year.  We must rely on other growing regions & the Southern Hemisphere to provide us with year-around fresh produce variety.  I don’t know about you, but I personally like eating berries in the Fall, Winter & early Spring.  Bring on the Mexican & Guatemalan-grown blackberries!  This is a fruit I want to enjoy all year long!

2. Blackberries are full of nutrition & antioxidants

Blackberry Nutrition Information


Blackberries are a true superfood!  What does this even mean?  Superfood is a word created by the food industry marketers to help distinguish the most nutrient-dense foods.  Blackberries are simply full of nutrition & antioxidants!  This infographic from Naturipe makes it easy to quickly identify “I should be eating more blackberries.”  Did you know… a 1/2 cup serving of blackberries has the same fiber content as a 3/4  cup serving of brown rice!  Blackberries are also rich in antioxidants.  While scientific evidence is not able to prove the benefits of antioxidants & the relevancy of the ORAC values (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), the nutritional value of all berries, especially Blackberries, has never been questioned or argued.  Blackberries are a leading natural source of Vitamins A, B, C, E calcium, iron & fiber!

3. Blackberries taste good & bears eat them too

Blackberries are delicious! If you aren’t a fan of blackberries, it’s typically because of the edible (yet noticeable) seeds – not the actual flavor of the fruit.  I don’t know if bears really eat blackberries.  I’ve never spent time with bears in the wilderness.  But this line does get my sons to eat blackberries!  If I were a bear, I would eat blackberries.

How to Select Blackberries

Think “dark & plump”
  • Blackberries should be deep purple & black in color
  • Look for plump berries that are firm to the touch, not wrinkled or dried out

How to Store Blackberries

Think “cold & dry”
  • Blackberries need to be refrigerated – they will dehydrate & lose their “plump-ness” if stored at room temperature
  • Blackberries should NOT be washed prior to storage – they will begin to break down when they are wet.  Only wash blackberries right before you plan to serve & eat.

How to Serve Blackberries

Think “raw & beyond”
  • I almost always eat my blackberries raw, out-of-hand.  They are a convenient, affordable, tasty and healthy snack for me & my boys.
  • Blackberries, like all berries, are very versatile.  You can use them for topping or garnish, bake with them, create amazing sauces with them & more.  Some of my favorite blogger recipes are featured below & some of the growers’ favorite recipes can be found on Naturipe’s website.

Some of my favorite Blackberry Recipes from fellow bloggers:

Apple Blackberry Tart
Apple Blackberry Tarts | Source: A Farmgirl’s Dabbles


Blackberries & Cream Oats with Honey | Source: Pinch of Yum


Crockpot Beef Brisket in Balsamic Blackberry Sauce | source: lemons for lulu
Crockpot Beef Brisket in Balsamic Blackberry Sauce | Source: Lemons for Lulu


xoxo The Produce Mom

blackberry recipes

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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  1. I always wonder if there are any other ways of cooking blackberries rather than using them as fresh fruit or in cakes or sweet. Some of the fruits are not really sweet even they look ripe on the tree. Would it be possible to use them as additives to add a unique flavour to slow cooked rice?

    1. Yes! I think that would be delicious. Of course, the natural sweetness of the blackberries would be great in slow cooked rice.