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DEWBERRIES

They are wild berries that belong in the blackberry family but are sweeter than the black berries.

They are deep red in colour when unripe but turn to dark purple when ripe. Its plant has prickly stems that trail across the ground. They are mainly common in America but are also grown in Kenya by few, although not very popular. Its seeds are larger and tougher than those of the blackberries.

Facts & Health benefits of the berries;

  • They are low in calories therefore aiding in weight loss.
  • They contain vitamin A and C and minerals such as; magnesium, zinc and copper which help strengthen the immune system.
  • They also help the body fight off symptoms of stress and chronic fatigue.
  • They aid in digestion.
  • They improve a person’s appetite.
  • They are used in treatment of stomach and liver diseases as well as treatment of the gall bladder, inflammation, gastritis and gastric bleeding.
  • They are used to make jam.
  • Its fresh juice is used as an infusion drink in a case of elevated temperature, pneumonia, coughing up blood and shortness of breath.
  • Its leaves are used to make medicinal herbal tea.

 

Growing Dewberries

  • They are planted as seedlings or as cuttings from a wild patch of dewberries.
  • They are perennial and should be planted outdoors or where there is sunlight.
  • If one is planting many at a go, the space between each seedling should be at least 4ft apart. They should also be regularly watered to keep the soil moist.
  • For the berries to mature to fruit, it takes four – five years.