Large oblong leaves are smooth, glossy, with a turpentine smell. Leaves are broad-tipped, opposite, shiny and leathery 6 to 15cm long. A variety of tooth powder brands are using their leaves. The flowers are white and have a sweet fragrance. The flowers attract bees and are a source of honey. The flowering starts at in March-April are very small. This is followed by the fruit which appears in May- June and resembles a large berry. It’s green when just appearing, ping when as it matures and shining crimson black when fully ripe. The fruits do not ripen at the same time and are picked daily. The berry is oblong and 1 to 2cm long. It has a single seed and a soft dark purple colored almost black skin and a lighter purple flesh. The bark leaves and fruits are used medicinally. Its leaves contain essential oils.
The study is to establish nutritional profile; eaten directly with refreshing taste and flavor. The ripe fruit contains Glucose, Vitamin C and A, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, water, folic acid, nicotinic acid, iron and zinc. The fruits general benefits are digestive and actives the liver and spleen, good remedy for urinary diseases and diabetes, regulate heart beat, purifies blood, cures anemia and stops skin eruptions. It’s also relieves gas and improves digestive power. According to studies conducted Black Berry (KaloJam) has a significant hypoglycemic action in both the urine and blood. Nutritional value per 100g (3.5 oz) = Energy 251 kj (60 kcal), Carbohydrates 15.56 g, Fat 0.23 g, Protein 0.72 g, Water 83.13 g, Vitamin A 3 IU, Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.006 mg (1%), Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.012 mg (1%), Niacin (vit. B3) 0.260 mg (2%), Pantothenic acid (B5)0.160 mg (3%), Vitamin B6 0.038 mg (3%), Vitamin C 14.3 mg (17%), Calcium 19 mg (2%), Iron 0.19 mg (1%), Magnesium 15 mg (4%), Phosphorus 17 mg (2%), Potassium 79 mg (2%), Sodium 14 mg (1%).
DO NOT drink milk after eating the Black Berry (Jam).