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Let us share some information with you about this delicious fruit:

Origin and characteristics

We can certainly say that blackberries grow wild. For centuries, the production of blackberries wasn’t controlled at all, but this fruit has been consumed and used with medicinal purposes since the Greeks and the Romans.

This fruit is very juicy and presents a beautiful glossy black colour all over the flesh. Blackberries are ideal for dessert’s recipes and the production of jam.

Season

The best season to eat blackberries in South Africa is September. The same applies to any other berries.

Benefits

If you love blackberries, you will be pleased to know of all the great benefits of eating this fruit. Keep reading here to find out more:

  • Blackberries are great antioxidants assisting against the aging process.
  • This fruit is very high in fiber, which assist preventing any diseases related to the digestive system.
  • Due to the high amount of polyphenols contained in blackberries, it is believe that this fruit can assist preventing certain cancers and several heart diseases.
  • Blackberries contain a high amount of vitamin C, which is essential to strengthen our immune system and fight off the symptoms of minor infections and flues.

Cooking

As we mentioned above, blackberries are a great ingredient to use in dessert’s recipes.

This is why, for this section, we are giving you our all-time favourite Blackberry Hazelnut Muffins recipe.

Ingredients: 300 grams of frozen or fresh blackberries, 100 grams of chopped hazelnuts, 250 grams of flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 eggs, 150 grams of brown sugar, 130 grams of melted butter, 200 ml of buttermilk, 50 ml of baileys and 1 full teaspoon of vanilla sugar.

Method: Preheat the oven (200C) and follow these steps:

  • Toast until golden the chopped hazelnuts in a small skillet.
  • Mix together 60 grams of hazelnuts, flour, baking powder and a bit of salt.
  • In a different container, whisk the eggs, the buttermilk, brown sugar, butter and baileys.
  • Add both mixtures in the same container and add the blackberries to the batter.
  • Mix the rest of the hazelnuts and the vanilla sugar.
  • Distribute the batter among muffin cups and sprinkle the vanilla mixture on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes approximately.

Enjoy this delicious High Tea treat!

 

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