Blackberry or Marionberry? (Day 138/365)
Jerry did something today he rarely does; he shopped for groceries. Did a great job, too, coming home with everything on my list, and only with one extra. “It’s for you because you’re working so hard on your new book,” he said. He loves blackberry pie, but then, so do I.
I smiled, then noticed in a top corner of the Blackberry Pie box were the words 100% Marionberries. Hmmm..Was it a blackberry pie or a marionberry pie? Is a marionberry a blackberry? Checked it out and learned something from ehow.com.
Often called “the cabernet of blackberries” for its rich, complex flavor, the marionberry is actually the Chehalem-by-Olallie breed of blackberry. George F. Waldo developed the strain in 1956, and introduced it in Marion County, Oregon. Since then, marionberries have developed a huge popularity with growers in Oregon. At the time of writing, they account for about 50 percent of the berry acreage in the state.
Marionberries grow aggressively in canes up to 20 feet tall, producing many berries of medium to large size. Because of this, an acre of marionberry bramble can produce 5 to 6 tons of berries. These berries can be used in almost any way a traditional blackberry can be, and are often considered more flavorful.