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The boysenberry cultivar derives from a cross between a European blackberry and raspberry. While the precise nature of the boysenberry's creation remains foggy, most experts agree that Rudolph Boysen was responsible for the original crossing of cultivars.
As the story goes, Boysen abandoned his research and sold his farm. In the 1920s, reports indicated a sizable red-purple berry was growing on Boysen's old farm, and the USDA investigated with the help of local berry expert Walter Knott. Upon investigating, Knott discovered several vines struggling to survive, which he transplanted to his farm in Buena Park, California. There, Knott nursed the plants back to health and began commercially cultivating the berry.
Knott started selling the berries in 1923 out of his farm stand, and he quickly realized how popular they were. When asked the name, Knott called them boysenberries in honor of their originator. Knott used the berry at his family restaurant and pie company which ultimately evolved into Knott's Berry Farm. Eventually, Knott's Berry Farm began making boysenberry preserves which catapulted the farm into regional fame.
The boysenberry has soft skin and a delicate nature that can lead to decay within a few days of harvest if not properly picked and packaged. The juicy boysenberry has a balanced flavor of sweetness and tartness. The boysenberry can be eaten fresh as a snack or added to your favorite fruit salad. Baking with the boysenberry results in delicious pies and tarts, but its delicate nature lends best to making jams and jellies.
The flavor of boysenberries resembles its parents, the raspberry and blackberry. The blackberry's juicy sweetness shines, blending with the raspberry's strong floral character. The boysenberry has more tartness than either of its parents.
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