Boysenberry, scientific name, Rubus ursinus is a hybrid fruit that was cultivated by cross-pollinating the flowers of three other berries, raspberry, loganberry and blackberry.
Incidentally, the loganberry itself is also a cross between the raspberry and the blackberry.
The fruit is, named after its originator, Charles Boysen, a Swedish berry breeder who reside in California during the 1920s.
A large, dark purple, juicy and intense, it derives its distinctive flavour from its mixed ancestry: sweetness and floral aroma from its raspberry, connection and a winy, feral tang from the three native blackberry species.
Due to its somewhat tangy taste, it can be enjoyed fresh by the handful or made into sauces, syrups, jams, jellies and pie fillings.
Boysenberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family.
Boysenberries grow on low, trailing plants and are, characterised by their soft feel, thin skins, and sweet-tart flavour.
Mature fruits leak juice very quickly and can start to perish within a few days after harvest.
It is a sizeable eight-gram fruit, with large seeds and a dark maroon colour.
Boysenberries can improve brain health. Various components of boysenberries, such as potassium, folate, and antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits.
Folate has been known to reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.