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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Boysenberry - 'Cross Breed' - fam: Rosaceae

A Boysenberry, is a cross between a European Raspberry, Rubus idaeus, a Common Blackberry, Rubus fruticosus, an American Dewberry, Rubus aboriginum, and a Loganberry, Rubus × loganobaccus.

It is a large 8.0 gram (0.28 oz) aggregate fruit, with large seeds, and a deep maroon color, which changes to the typical boysenberry colour when the fruit is cooked, and made into jam, and pie. Boysenberries grow on low, trailing plants, and are characterized by their soft texture, thin skins, and sweet-tart flavour. Mature fruits leak juice very easily and can start to decay within a few days of harvest. 1

The Boysenberry is a large bramble berry, with many features that are direct reflections of its parentage. Its size, shape and colour are similar to the blackberry, bold in size, oval shaped, with onyx and ruby hues. Its flavour is rich, complex, and sweet, with just a hint of acid, similar to a loganberry.

Boysenberries can be used as you would blackberries in all applications. They are sweeter, therefore better for use alone with creams, in trifles, and to top fruit tarts. Complimentary pairings include coconuts, apricots, peaches, honey, rose, citrus, strawberries, raisins, hazelnut and hazelnut oil, exotic fruits, cardamon, cinnamon, mascarpone, fresh young cheeses, chicken, pork, chocolate, fino sherry and rum.

Although the Boysenberry's sweetness can be attributed to the raspberry, unlike raspberries, the Boysenberry does not have a hallow center, as its fruit is produced directly from the plant's flowers, 2 - in typical bramble style.

REFERENCE: 1 - Wikipedia - Boysenberry. and,
2 - Specialty Produce - Boysenberries.


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