Blackberries or Boysenberries?
Look what I found during my lunchtime walk today, growing in a front yard near my office! They were just out of reach of my long arms. At first I thought they were blackberries, but now I am wondering if they are boysenberries. Did you know that Boysenberries were invented in California by a man named Boysen, and that they are a cross between blackberries, loganberries and raspberries? (Wikipedia knows.) They were made famous by Knott’s Berry Farm, a Buena Park family farm that, in the 1920s, produced preserved fruits and jams. The Knotts had the brilliant idea to build a restaurant on the farm, a Western-themed ghost town, and eventually free rides to attract visitors. Now, Knott’s Berry Farm is a full-fledged amusement park and boysenberries are pretty famous, too. But, these might be blackberries and I don’t have any fun facts to share about blackberries. Scratch that. Wikipedia says: “Folklore in the UK holds that blackberries should not be picked after Old Michaelmas Day (11 October) as the devil has claimed them, having left a mark on the leaves by urinating or spitting on them.”