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Raspberry, blackberry

 

Benefits

Berries of all kinds are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, which can prevent cell damage and may reduce the risk of certain diseases.  The antioxidants found in berries are responsible for many of their health-boosting properties.


Eating berries can help your body control blood sugar levels and avoid dangerous blood sugar spikes, also help to reduce your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, and help slow the growth of existing cataracts and preserve eyesight for longer.


A half-cup serving of blackberries has a slightly different nutritional content:

               31 Calories
                 1 g Protein 
                 7 g Carbohydrates
                 4 g Fiber 
                 3 g Sugar 
               21 mg Vitamin C

 

An 80g serving of raspberries provides:

                  20 Calories
                   1g Protein 
                   7g Carbohydrates
                   7g Fibre 
                  26mg Vitamin C 
                136mg Potassium

Symbolism

According to the European beliefs, raspberries are signifiers of joy, love, prosperity and pleasure. These dreams speak a lot about your love life. For instance, picking the raspberries from the garden in dream signifies secret and passionate love, eating the raspberries may denote intimate time with your partner and so on.

If you dreamt of someone picking the raspberries from the garden, it means someone in your family is in a secret affair. This points more towards a woman. Dreams related to raspberries promise good times in the upcoming weeks. If a matured person dreams about raspberries, it is a sign that you will receive a hot kiss from your crush.


A Bit of History

Wild raspberry caught the eye of early cave dwellers, as evidenced by the remains of raspberry canes found at a variety of dig sites across Europe, Asia, and Northern America, and raspberries have been a part of our diet ever since. Wild fruit and berries grew abundantly in the Viking period. The Vikings could supply themselves with raspberries, bilberries, plums, wild apples and hazelnuts from the woods.

In Hellenistic Troy, Raspberry was linked inextricably to fertility and young children in the story of Ida, nursemaid to the infant Zeus, who pricked her finger while picking the snow-white berries thus staining them red for all eternity. Another similar story holds that Raspberry got her name when the Olympian Gods were searching for berries on Mount Ida. Raspberry’s Latin name, Rubus idaeus, means “bramble bush of Ida.”

Wealthy medieval Europeans used raspberry for food and as a pigment as well. In early Christian artwork, raspberries were used to symbolize kindness. Raspberry’s red juice invoked the energy of the blood, which runs from the heart and carries love, nutrition, and kindness through the body.


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