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Friday 31 October 2014

New season of blackberries for Keelings

Published 24/07/2012 | 11:20

Donal Counihan inspecting our new season Irish blackberries.

THE NEW season of Irish blackberries is here with local family-owned company Keelings growing the popular fruit from July to September on the largest berry farm in north county Dublin.

Blackberries are synonymous with high summer and early autumn in Ireland and conjure up images of kids fingers and hands stained with rich darkness as they pick them off the hedgerows. Blackberries have been part of our diet for centuries due to their availability and delicious taste. Latest scientific research has shown us that, blackberries are naturally low in fat, sugar and calories plus they are natural health boosters. This information provides us with even more reason to carry on enjoying blackberries. David Keeling said: 'As well as being extremely tasty our Irish blackberries' high manganese content makes them a perfectly healthy treat that is essential for normal growth and health. What's more, a handful of blackberries contribute to your five a day.' According to the results of the National Adult Nutrition Survey by IUNA (2011), the average Irish intake of fruit and vegetables was only 48% of the recommended 400g per day outlined by the WHO.

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