The boysenberry is a result of cross cultivations between the raspberry and blackberry. It was first developed by a horticulturist named Rudolph Boysen in 1920. He used his last name to name the berry. The berries did were not cultivated until 1932, when a farmer named Walter Knott did so on his farm. He started selling them, and saw that people would return every week to purchase more. Then his wife, Mrs. Knott started making preserves with them. They say her preserves made their farm, called Knott's Farm, famous.
Boysenberries are sweet, and dark in color. Their appearance resembles the blackberry and sometimes confuse the inexperienced eye. However blackberries are darker, and are pine cone shaped, not round like boysenberries. Boysenberries are great for canning and preserving. Many people use them for pies as pie filling, and for cobblers. Some people also use them for jams and syrups. They taste great on pancakes and waffles, and look great as décor for cheesecake and tarts.
Boysenberries are rich in nutrients, and loaded with health benefits. The berries contain vitamin C, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants. Vitamin C and Fiber are known to ward off certain types of cancers. Fiber is also great for the digestive system. Calcium is a vital part of daily diets because it helps the body absorb vitamin D, so that our bones are kept strong. The antioxidants in the berry fight free radical damage in the body, which keeps the body from aging faster.
Whether growing in a home garden or growing on a farm, boysenberries are sure to please. However for best results, the grower should know that boysenberries grow on a vine. For proper growth the vine needs support. The grower can support the vine by use of a trellis. The trellis will allow the vine to wrap around it as it grows, keeping it and the berries from touching the ground.