Blackberry

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Blackberry

Binomial name: Rubus fructicosus. The blackberry is an edible fruit sometimes confused with black raspberry. What distinguishes blackberries from its raspberry relatives is whether the receptacle picks with the fruit, a blackberry, or remains on the plant when picked leaving a hole in the fruit, a raspberry. Origin: they come from Asia and Europe. Blackberries grow wild throughout at the margins of roads and torrents. Medicinal values: they provide fibre that improves the intestinal traffic, potassium, iron and calcium. They are very astringent. Caloric value per 100 g: 35 kcal Varieties: there are about 300 varieties all over the world, although the commercialised are those that come from Logan, Young, Boysen and Tay. Curiosities: the bark of the plant is used in the production of baskets and...

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Redcurrant

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Redcurrant

Binomial name: Ribes sp. The redcurrant is a deciduous shrub normally growing up to 1-1.5 m tall, occasionally 2m. Origin: it is native to Central Europe and North Asia. Medicinal values: they facilitate and tone up the digestion functions. Besides, they are indicated in case of lack of appetite, convalescence of feverish states and infections, rheumatism, gout or kidney stones. Caloric value per 100 g: 37 kcal Curiosities: in Greece the fruits of black, reddish or violet colour and dark in general are called “titans...

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Raspberry

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Raspberry

Binomial name: Rubus idaeus L. The raspberry plant is a bush of 40 to 60 centimetres height, that grows in rugged or rocky terrains of the mountains. Origin: it is found in Greece, on Mount Ida, place from which it expanded to Italy, The Netherlands, England and North America. Medicinal values: its use is indicated in case of diarrhoea, cistitis, wounds and skin or mouth ulcers. Caloric value per 100 g: 30 kcal Varieties: Heritage, Tudlamen, Laion, Prosen, Chile Wak. Curiosities: the colour varies to a violet bluish when they are in contact with some metals as aluminium, tin-plate or iron that contain some...

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Blueberry

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Blueberry

Binomial name: Vaccinium myrtillus L. The blueberry is a small bush of 20 centimetres to a metre height. Its flowering time goes from April to June. Origin: this fruit is found natively in Asia and Europe. Medicinal values: both leaves and fruits are useful. The blueberry has astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action, as is used to treat diarrhea and it reduces the sugar in blood (for diabetics), as well. In its external use it is indicated for eczemas, wounds or hearing weakness. Caloric value per 100 g: 41 kcal Curiosities: it is said that, blueberries mixed with milk dyed it of purple; thus they were used by...

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