Blackberries or Boysenberries?

Blackberries, or are they 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.”

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4 Comments on “Blackberries or Boysenberries?

  1. Loganberries I believe. We have a ton in our backyard. They are delicious! They were also invented in California by a guy named Logan and are a cross between blackberry and raspberry.

  2. Would be happy to take some of those loganberries of your hands. I am still pretty sure they are blackberries, several berries out of frame are very dark and shiny. I grew up with blackberries in our yard. Oh, how I miss that.

  3. Pingback: Front Yard Fruit « Oranges and Avocados

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