Created by Napa farmer Rudolf Boysen during the 1920s, the boysenberry is a unique cross between the European raspberry, common blackberry, and loganberry. Needless to say, we are excited to still be cultivating this Napa creation in the city in which it originated. During the summer, we offer fresh boysenberries that can be purchased directly from the farm at our Napa location as well as at several farmer's markets throughout the North Bay. We are also happy to offer home gardeners the opportunities to grow these unique brambles as well by making plants available during the winter and spring(if supplies last). Plants can be purchased at our Napa location.
There is nothing quite as unique as a boysenberry, offering up both the dark color and syrupy sweetness of a blackberry with the tart richness of a raspberry running through the background. It only gets better - all of that flavor comes on a thornless vine ! A true culinary delicacy and prized ingredient for preserves, desserts, and sauces to accompany grilled or roasted meat.
Boysenberry Care and Culture
In terms of growing habits, boysenberries have picked up more traits from the blackberry than the raspberry. With a little bit of forethought and some seasonal care through out the year, home gardeners can easily have boysenberries in their own gardens.
Selecting a Site
- Boysenberries require sites with full sun exposure and well-drained soil are essential.
- Planting boysenberries in rows, rather than hills, makes them an easily managed addition to the home garden. Rows that are 36" wide with a 36" aisle between the rows will maximize space but still allow enough room to work between the rows.
- Like many varieties of blackberries, boysenberries cannot support their own weight making a trellis system a necessary undertaking(the top wire of the system should be 60 to 79 inches above the ground).