Bright berries are great, but why not wander over to the dark side? This time of year, inky blackberries are at their best. They have just 62 calories per cup and make an excellent fiber and antioxidant-rich snack.
Uniformly dark berries may not actually indicate sweetness; a soft, plump texture is more important. The best way to select a box of berries is by taste -- a burst of sweet-tart juice means they're perfectly ripe. Store blackberries in the refrigerator and use them quickly, gently rinsing them just before serving.
These gems lend themselves to savory or sweet dishes. They're just as wonderful sprinkled on top of a spinach salad or used in a chutney for meat as they are baked in a muffin or cake.