The Lineage of the Marionberry
What is a Marionberry? The question is finally answered!
A common question outside the Pacific Northwest is “what is a Marionberry?” It is a question that we get on a regular basis. Oregon Growers is here to answer that question for you!
First, why is it called a Marionberry? Well, it is named after the county of Marion of course! Way back in 1945, at Oregon State University (well known for the Beavers) a man named, George Waldo started to develop this scrumptious berry. It is a cross between the Chehalem blackberry and the Olallieberry. It is known for its complex and earthy flavors, which has led it to be compared to the Cabernet grape. Unlike some blackberries varieties, the Marionberry is known for being more sweet and juicy!
Need another reason to eat this tasty morsel other than the fact they are sweet and juicy? Marionberries are rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, gallic acid, and rutin! A few more health benefits include protecting against cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, and age related mental decline. Another bonus, these berries clock in at only 75 calories per cup and are RICH in fiber and low in fat! What a berry!
If you are looking to get fresh Marionberries, they are usually available Mid-July through Mid-August (due to this year’s early crops, don’t quote us on that). Marionberries are grown primarily in Oregon and produces 28-33 million pounds of these bad boys per year! You can find them showcased in homemade pies, jams, ice cream, chocolate, and so much more around the Pacific Northwest. If you haven’t tried them yet, we highly recommend you jump out of your chair and find the closest Marionberry supplier near you or hop onto our website and get Oregon Growers Marionberry Jam today!
Stay tuned for our next edition of “notes from the field”, you never know what tasty things we might have cooking up!
We love our Marionberries and our farmers!
Marionberries! We love our Marionberries! Oregon Growers is proud of the growers and farmers we work with. We want to introduce, Dave Dunn, the Field Manager for Willamette Valley Fruit Co. He is standing with their Marionberry canes at G&C Farms. Marionberries are one of the many different berries we purchase from them. You can find, Dave and the Willamette Valley Fruit Co. busy, hard at work on a rural road deep in the beautiful farming country outside of Salem, Oregon.
Grilled BBQ Ribs with Honey and Pendleton Whiskey
It’s grilling time and Father’s Day is just around the corner. In the spirit of Father’s Day and summer, we thought this recipe would make everyone’s taste buds jump for joy! When you combine Pendleton Mesquite BBQ Sauce with Oregon Growers Northwest Wildflower Honey and a little Pendleton Whisky, the flavor is smoky, smooth, slightly sweet and absolutely perfect.
Oregon Growers receives Non-GMO Project Verification
Hood River, OR — [February 10, 2015] —Oregon Growers is pleased to announce that 18 of their Fruit Spreads and Fruit Pates for Cheese have received verification from the Non GMO Project, North America’s only …
Pear Hazelnut Goat Cheese Tart with Balsamic
Whether you are running short on time or just looking for a delicious appetizer, try our Pear Hazelnut Goat Cheese Tart with Balsamic. It simply takes 5 minutes to prepare, and only 20 short minutes in the oven. Making this tart the perfect choice this busy holiday season for any party, or a quick and delicious dinner.
Sparkling Cranberry Pear Cocktail
With the holidays approaching quickly it is time to start planning our festive meals. Our cranberry pear jam topped with sparkling champagne and a dash of bitters, makes the perfect holiday cocktail. The jam is made with Oregon’s best cranberries, Hood River’s famous Anjou Pears, lemon, orange, and spices.
Sausage Rolls with Shallots + Pears
We are always on the look out for ways to incorporate our jam into every day recipes. And we think we found one that you will love. Flaky rolls filled with sausage, shallots and our …
Marionberry Marshmallow Smores
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Strawberry Jam + Gin Cocktail
Jam is a great ingredient to add into your cocktails, the natural sweetness and flavor from the fruit is a great balance to the alcohol. It is a great way to incorporate fresh summer flavors …
Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake
We took our popular Red Raspberry Jam combined it with peanut butter, a little vanilla ice cream and a big splash of milk to create a rich, creamy, delicious milkshake. Everything we love about the …