Marionberry Facts; How Mutch Important, Benificial And Interesting?

The 'Marion' cultivar or Marion blackberry, marketed as marionberry, is an indigenous blackberry developed by the USDA ARS breeding program in cooperation with Oregon State University. It is a cross between the 'Chehalem' and 'Olallie' blackberries.

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    Marionberries, Boysenberries, Loganberries and other blackberries are high in gallic acid, rutin and ellagic acid, a known chemopreventative, with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. With their dark blue color, blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of fruits regularly tested. Blackberries are also rich in Vitamin C and fiber, which have been shown to help reduce the risks of certain cancers. Blackberries are low in calories, carbohydrates and have no fat, which makes them popular in low carb and low calorie diets.

    Health Benefits of Marionberry:

  • High in Vitamin C and fiber both of which have been shown to help reduce the risksof certain cancers.
  • Contains high levels of anthocyanins (83-326 mg/ 100g) which work as antioxidants to help fight free radical damage in the body and give berries their deep dark color.

  • The antioxidant level of foods can be measured as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity). The ORAC value of Evergreen blackberries is 28 μmoles/TE/g, slightly higher than blueberries.

  • Evergreen blackberries contain ellagic acid, a phenolic compound shown to have anti-carcinogen, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. The ellagic acid levels of Evergreen blackberries is 3.69 mg/g of dry weight.