Boysenberry, so Precious, so Rare!

| June 19, 2015 | 5 Replies

Boysenberry, so Precious, so Rare! My boysenberry plant delivered in its second year in a big pot. This is the largest harvest of berries I’ve ever had. Until yesterday, little more than a handful of berries is all I’ve ever harvested at one time, so I consider this bowl hitting the mother lode.

Boysenberry, so Precious so Rare! - bowl of berries

Bowl of fresh-picked boysenberries, my biggest berry harvest ever!

I struggled with a couple of raspberry and blackberry plants over the three years of my edible garden, and finally they are gone. But the boysenberry came through for me. When you only have one plant, you expect and desire results.

Boysenberry, so Precious so Rare! - 3 boysenberries

Three boysenberries before picking

I should have known that I would have luscious berries after the beautiful blooms in March.

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Boysenberry bloom, March

Boysenberries are precious and rare for a reason, they are so perishable. You can see why they don’t appear in markets often, if at all. They nearly melt in your hand before they reach your lips. But, if they reach your lips, you will be hooked! Plump and purple, what could be better? (They are really more the color of wine.)

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Close-up shot of fresh boysenberry

I immediately polished off a bowl of berries in raw goat yogurt drizzled with local, raw honey and sprinkled with ground nutmeg. Wow, that was so good, I think I’ll have another right now!

Boysenberry, so Precious so Rare! - bowl of yogurt & boysenberries

Vintage bowl of raw goat yogurt, boysenberries, honey & nutmeg

What’s your favorite way to prepare fresh-picked berries? Please let me know. Thanks for reading and please subscribe! – Kaye

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Boysenberry plant has lots of room to stretch out vines on the back deck

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  1. I used to harvest gallons of boysenberries along the roadside here about 20 years ago. We now have many other berries but the boysenberries died out. I do believe from the photos that the reddish ones are not quite ripe. They are a bit sour unless they are jet black our thornless blackberries are like that, too. You need to pick them on a sunny day so you can tell. I eat my berries with local yogurt for breakfast. I also use them in pie fillings when my apples come in.My favorite berry is Black raspberry. :)Sharon

    • Since you said those berries are coming in now, I hope you make a pie and freeze it for us to enjoy when I visit in September! Can’t wait to bring your wild and wonderful farm to my viewers.

      • I have frozen a lot of berries. I sell a berry mix which has 4 kinds of rare berries in it. I like to make smoothies with rum or margaritas with the fruit but also can juices and make wine. We can put a pie together when you come. I mostly bake in the winter— it is so hot in the summer. A 12 year old neighbor boy loves to come over and help. I give him farm credit and he spends it on my foods…. especially berries. I am teaching him to hoe and clean stables . He set a trap for a groundhog eating my veggies. He wants to eat it . He wants to be a game warden like his grandfather who recently passed . I look forwaard to sharing my gardens with you:)

  2. Charles Gummer says:

    Your interview with your son was really well done. Very informative and interesting. Photographs were great and added much to the presentation. impressive with what your son has been able to accomplish with the FFA group. Heard report recently agricultural jobs were on the rise in the future with some 600,000 vacancies and only 350,000 applicants.

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