Blackberries are a beautiful deep, inky blue-black color, with a sweet, slightly tart flavor. They average about an inch long and are made up of clusters of drupelets, considered an aggregate fruit related to the raspberry.
Gorgeous fat blackberries can be found at your farmers' market all summer long, picked fresh from the brambles of your favorite farm. These juicy berries are low in calories, high in dietary fiber, vitamin C and A, and loaded with iron and potassium. They can be enjoyed fresh from the market, added to salads, desserts, or beverages.
Choose blackberries that are plump, shiny and free of bruising. Do not select blackberries that are leaking or have mold growing.
Store blackberries in the refrigerator in a shallow container covered with plastic wrap. Do not wash blackberries before storing them as the extra moisture speeds up deterioration.