Here are some of our favourite facts about blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
1. Batology isn’t the study of bats!
The scientific study of blackberries is called ‘batology’. So, a batologist is someone who has a keen interest in blackberries … not bats!
2. Unripe blackberries are actually red
While most fruits are green before they ripen to their usual colour, blackberries actually start their life red. Upon ripening, they change from red to black.
3. Roses (and strawberries) are red
The strawberry belongs to the genus Fragraria, which makes it a close relative to the rose. The name of this genus means ‘fragrant’, so you can see why. Just imagine slicing up roses to scatter on your muesli in the morning!
4. Strawberries could cure your headache
Strawberries contain natural salicylates, an ingredient found in aspirin. Next time you have a headache, try munching on a few fresh strawberries.
5. The seeds of strawberries aren’t what they seem
The little yellow specks on the outside of strawberries aren’t actually seeds. In fact, they are called achene and are considered by botanists to be tiny little fruit.
6. Raspberries aren’t always red
Yellow, purple, gold or black … these are some of the other colours that raspberries come in. You’ll find that the gold ones are the sweetest of them all.
7. Once picked, that’s it for raspberries
Unlike other fruits, raspberries don’t ripen any more once they have been picked. Instead, aim to pick them at their very best – when they are plump and juicy on the plant.
8. In the US, there’s a National Blueberry Pie Day
Seriously. On April 28 each year, the nation celebrates blueberry pie. They also celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day on July 11. Given that blueberries are such a nutritional powerhouse, we think it’s well warranted.
9. Blueberries make a great natural food dye
If you’re after a vibrant purple colour for your next baking escapade but hate the idea of using synthetic food dye, then blueberries can be used instead.
10. Berries boost brainpower
One of the best things about berries is their link to brain health. They reduce inflammation, protect brain cells from free radicals, increase neuroplasticity and much more.