Blackberry

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Nutrients
Blackerries are a deliciously juicy fruit packed with vitamin K and manganese. Vitamin K helps bones to stay strong and blood to clot so that wounds can heal quickly. Manganese is needed to keep bones growing and to keep energy levels up.

When to give to your baby +6 months
Blackberries make a good choice for one of baby’s first fruits, however, if you want to add them in the early stages of weaning, it is important to cook them first so you can make a puree to remove the choking hazard. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you're not sure.

The perfect blackberry
Wherever possible we like to use organic blackberries, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. We understand that this isn't always possible, so buy the best available to you at the time. They will stay freshest in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

Best way to cook them for your baby
If you want to add them in the early stages of weaning, it is important to cook them first so and make a puree to remove the choking hazard. Place a handful of blackberries in a pan with a splash of water and cook until the berries soften, then add to a blender with another gentle fruit or vegetable of your choice. When your little one can pick up small pieces of food and feed themselves independently, then they make the perfect snack as they're great popped in a box and eaten raw, just as they are – naturally sweet and delicious.

What goes well with blackberries
Butternut squash, pears, sweet potatoes, brown rice, banana, coconut water

Tom Redwood