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Spotlight on: Oregon’s Own Marionberry

Another Fabulous Berry From Oregon

Closeup of a Marionberry, from Oregon

Lots and lots of seasonal dishes and beverages involving the Marionberry, in all its glory and splendor, begin to appear when you live and dine in Oregon. Tangy marionberry-based milkshakes, pies, cocktails and more begin to speckle the specials lists at restaurants and local eateries, and crafty cocktail mixers spice up the sweet summer drinks with them, too. So what are they? And why are they produced specifically in Oregon, anyway?

If you didn’t know it already, the marionberry is a berry whose origins are to be found in the state of Oregon, where we write this blog from. But why is that? Just a cursory bit of research and a trip to Wikipedia leads us to the following bit of info:

“The ‘Marion’ cultivar (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus) or Marion blackberry, marketed as ‘marionberry,’ is a hybrid caneberry developed by the USDA ARS breeding program in cooperation with Oregon State University. It is a cross between the ‘Chehalem’ and ‘Olallie’ berries. The marionberry is currently the most common blackberry cultivar, accounting for over half of all blackberries produced in Oregon.” (link below to full entry) Continue reading