What is a marionberry? 

by | May 5, 2023 | Blog, Cooking Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

This last weekend I was driving to Montana for a hockey tournament when I saw a sign on the side of the road for “the best marionberry milkshake.” While I didn’t stop and try it, the sign grabbed my attention and made me dig a little deeper into what a marionberry is. So, what is a marionberry?

A marionberry is a cultivar of blackberry developed by the USDA Agriculture Research Service program in cooperation with Oregon State University. It’s actually a cross between the “Chehalem” and “Olallie” varieties. The berry was tested in Marion County, Oregon and the name quickly became associated with the new fruit. Marionberries are sometimes referred to as the “King of Blackberries” and Oregon produces between 28 and 33 million pounds of the berry every year. Marionberries have a balance of tart and sweet, earthy and rich, and have a firmer texture than the common blackberry. 

This berry is not to be confused with the former mayor of DC. 

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Written by David Salerno

Originally from the Northeast, David (he/him) has been in Seattle since 2016. He studied classic culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute in NYC and currently works as the Senior Meal Program Coordinator at HIP. He can completely nerd out over culinary anthropology and can talk about food and food science for hours with anyone who is willing to listen. When not in the kitchen, you can find him playing hockey or running in different neighborhoods of Seattle.

May 5, 2023

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