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Growing and Harvesting Black Raspberries: Tips for a Bountiful Crop

The black raspberry is in the Rubus category, listed as the Rubus Occidentalis. This berry grows on a small shrub in various climates. This fruit is native to the eastern part of North America, where its more common name is the black raspberry. There are also growing regions for this berry located in Germany, Chile, and Poland.

Other names given to this fruit are Scotch caps, bear's eye blackberries, blackcap raspberries, and black caps.

An entire berry is a group of little round sections known as "drupe" fruits. They grow together in circular groupings that encompass a hollow center space. And each drupelet contains a juicy pulp with a tiny yellow/white seed inside. The black raspberry can range from a bit acidic to a sweet taste. This delicious berry is low in calories and among the most popular fruits on the market. It contains 52 calories in a one-cup serving (123 grams.)

Xylitol is a low-calorie sugar substitute that's extracted from the Rubus fruit. So, for individuals battling their weight, this is a natural way to add sweetness to the diet. Also, this benefits diabetics and people cutting back on regular sugar consumption.

This berry is rich in health-promoting vitamins, minerals, and plant-derived chemicals. It offers a good amount of potassium, iron, magnesium, and copper. And copper is a mineral vital to the human body for producing red blood cells.

Black raspberries contain many vitamins A, E, and B-complex groups of vitamins. B-complex vitamins help the human body metabolize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates efficiently. This berry is also an excellent vitamin C and fiber source in the diet. It contains a high level of powerful antioxidants that play a potential role in the battle against cancer, the aging process, inflammation, and even various diseases. Antioxidants help the body to fight against oxygen-derived free radicals that cause sickness.

Black Raspberries are available year-round in markets all around the world.