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The Lineage of the Marionberry

Submitted by on July 1, 2015 – 10:13 am

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!

Marion lineage collage

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!


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