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Behind the Brew: Blackberry

December 09, 2014

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As the cooler months approach, there’s nothing that brings up the feeling of summer like fresh berries. Instead of throwing them into your next smoothie why not brew up a batch of blackberry tea? Wonderful warm or cold, this antioxidant treat is just the boost you need to get through the snowy season.
Blackberry tea
Trivia:

  • For almost 2000 years, blackberry has been used to treat almost everything from ulcers and whooping cough to snake bites. Blackberry root, bark and berries were a common remedy in medicine cabinets.
  • If you collected blackberries during a certain phase of the moon, it was believed that you could fight off an evil curse or spell.
  • Blackberries are laden with mythology: from being cursed by Lucifer to symbolizing haste and arrogance. Most of these stories end tragically with the protagonist falling into a blackberry bramble and becoming blind.
  • Fairy tales are also fraught with blackberry brambles: Sleeping Beauty’s castle was covered and Rapunzel’s prince lost his eyesight when he fell into them.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Blackberry Tea, IcedCraving sweetness but on a diet? Try adding blackberries to your next salad. Low in calories but high in fiber, this low-fat berry is the perfect treat.
  • Boost your brainpower with blackberry tea. Blackberries have been shown to help alleviate age-related cognitive decline.
  • Stop periodontal disease in its tracks with a cup of blackberry tea. Blackberry extract not only can kill pathogens, but its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties make it the ideal drink to fight tooth decay.
  • Do you prefer your shirt to be navy blue? Try making homemade dye with fresh blackberries. The juice can be used to dye clothing indigo and navy blue.
  • For the sweetest fruit: pick your blackberries before the end of September.
  • Try brewing some blackberry leaves for a fresh, vitamin C-rich cup of tea.
  • Do you want a sweeter iced tea without the sugar? Try adding fresh blackberries to your next batch. This antioxidant rich berry will give your tea that flavor you’re craving.

Blackberry Tea
Try It:
Adagio Blackberry Tea
The Republic of Tea Blackberry Sage Black
Blackberry Vanilla Herbal Tea

Sources:
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-blackberries-4038.html
http://www.fruitsinfo.com/did-you-know.php
http://www.lyndasrecipebox.com/2012/08/how-to-make-blackberry-tea.html
http://www.gardenguides.com/123417-history-blackberry-fruit.html
http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry/production/pdfs/berryfolklore.pdf
http://smithwright.blogspot.ca/2013/09/the-devil-in-brambles.html
http://sierrabotanica.com/?p=267

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