A boysenberry is a large deep purple berry that is a cross between a wild trailing blackberry called a dewberry and a raspberry.
Boysenberries were created by a man called Rudoph Boysen in the 1920s in California. Walter Knott, a berry expert, saved some of Boysen’s old vines and transplanted them to his farm where they flourished.
They have a fruity, wine-like taste and are both sweet and tart, a quality for which they are prized. They are also quite soft so you need to use them quickly or they will spoil.
Boysenberries can be used anywhere you would use a soft fruit, for example, in crumbles, fruit fools, fruit syrups, cakes, fruit tarts, ice creams, jams or fruit vinegars.
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