Boysenberry is a large, succulent, and purple-shaded fruit, which is a cross between raspberry, loganberry, or blackberry. This fruit is sweet and tangy in taste that is mostly canned and preserved for use in a wide variety of dishes such as pies and cobblers (a sweet dish). Boysenberries grow mostly in New Zealand and the United States (specifically on the Pacific coast from Southern California to Oregon)
These berries are not just great in taste but also an excellent source of many essential vitamins and minerals. In this article, we will discuss these berries in quite a bit of detail so you can learn about their amazing benefits for health and skin along with some products that contain boysenberry as a special ingredient. Let’s get started with boysenberry’s brief history.
This nutrient-rich berry was developed during the great depression in the 1920s and 1930s by a Swedish immigrant and horticulturist named Rudolph Boysen in Napa Valley, California. He was fond of crossing different berry plants and experimenting with a wide variety of flowers. He planted some seeds by crossing the flowers of raspberries, blackberries, and loganberries that later eventually grew up as plants with these amazing large and succulent berries on them that were named boysenberry, after him.
He later turned his discovery to a farmer, Walter Knott, for commercial development. However, due to boysenberries’ really short shelf-life, they were declined in commercial popularity but are still grown in home gardens and 60% of them are produced in New Zealand.
One cup of unsweetened and frozen boysenberries contains:
- 68 Calories
- 16.1g Carbohydrates
- 7.0g Fiber
- 1.5g Protein
- 0.3g Total Fat
- 1.12mg Iron
- 0.72 Manganese
- 0.11 Copper
- 35.64mg Calcium
- 21.12mg Magnesium
- 35.64 Phosphorous
- 183.48mg Potassium
- 1.32mg Sodium
- 0.29mg Zinc
- 88.44u Vitamin A
- 4.09mg Vitamin C
- 1.15mg Vitamin E
- 10.3mcg Vitamin K and much more…
Uses of Boysenberries
- If you are a salsa lover, you can add a handful of boysenberries to it and enjoy a healthy plus tasty meal.
- Boysenberries make amazing garnish to any drink. You can make yourself a fresh orange or peach juice and then finish it with a boysenberry or two.
- Put aside the blueberries, cherries or apples and try boysenberries to make a pie. You will love it!
- Eat them fresh or use them in salad, milkshakes, smoothies, or trifles etc.
- There are available skin care and other related products that contain boysenberry extract
Benefits for Health
• Improves digestive system
Having one cup of boysenberries gives you 7 grams of dietary fiber that can help prevent constipation and make your bowel movement much easier. A healthier digestive system can make your body and skin healthy but if it is disturbed, it causes a lot of other problems too.
• Boosts brain health
Boysenberries contain a number of healthy components such as potassium, folate, and various antioxidants that provide neurological benefits. There are different diseases that link to brain damage such as Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline, which can be reduced with folate consumption that is present in boysenberries. Potassium is also known to increase the blood flow to the brain and enhancing neural activity, concentration, and cognition.
• Help maintain a healthy blood pressure
Having one cup of boysenberries that contain about 183 grams of potassium can reduce the risk of hypertension. Potassium helps the blood vessels relax, that leads to normal blood pressure. The consumption of boysenberries also reduces the strain on the heart and boosts overall cardiovascular health.
• Helps pregnant women and their babies
One of the major reasons behind the birth of underweight infants and neural tube defects in them is the deficiency of folate which can be filled with the consumption of boysenberries. These berries are rich with B-vitamin complexes like folate that is known for red blood cell and neural tube formation in prenatal babies. Always be sure to consult with a physician.
• Helps increase bone strength
Calcium helps increase the bone strength, and boysenberries due to the amount of vitamin K present in them, can retain the calcium in the bone matrix and decrease the risk of osteoporosis (a medical condition related to weakness in bones).
You can have one cup of boysenberries a day which contains about 13 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin K.
• Aids in losing some pounds off
Boysenberries are low-caloric fruit that can help you lose weight. You can prepare a healthy salad and a glass of smoothie by adding boysenberries into them, to begin your morning with. You won’t just have an enjoyable meal but also have something that will aid you in losing weight.
• Reduces the risk of stones in the kidney
Stones can be produced in the kidney due to thickened arteries and consumption of boysenberries can help decrease the risk of it due to the richness of vitamin K in them. This delicious fruit maintains good health and also further helps in preventing diabetes.
Benefits for Skin
One of the best things that you can gain from boysenberries is a number of benefits for the skin. Every berry including boysenberry is a great and natural source for rejuvenating your skin. They are rich in antioxidants and other healthy nutrients that help refresh your skin and make it look great. Have a cup of boysenberries in raw form or add them to your favorite smoothie to give your skin something good to absorb. You can eat them in whatever form you like the most and you will be surprised to see the results.
Boysenberries due to their unique taste and health benefits are always high in demand. You can use them in whatever form you prefer the most. If you are on a diet, then it is recommended that you do not use products that are high in fructose or sugar content. Also, make sure to eat these berries or any berry in a moderate amount to prevent any possible side effects from them.