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The Olallieberry has the initial appearance of an elongated blackberry. Its exterior has a glossy onyx sheen with ruby highlights. Like its parent blackberry, it does not have a hollow center, rather its stem end is closed as it remains intact when picked. The Olallieberry balances sweet and tart flavors of cassis, blackberry jam and plum with a tender and juicy consistency. As it is with most berries, its coloring will stain upon touching. The Olallieberry's fragility when ripe makes for a shortened shelf-life.
The season for the Olallieberry is very short, they are available for a few weeks in late spring.
The Olallieberry is an aggregate fruit of the genus Rubus, within the Rosaceae family. It is a cross between a blackberry, a loganberry and a youngberry; with the later two berries having been cross-pollinated with raspberries. This complex parentage contributes to its depth of flavor that has led some to call it the "king of blackberries."
Ollalieberries are a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and dietary fiber.
Olalliebrries may be used interchangeably with other blackberry varieties, such as the Marionberry or Boysenberry. With their perfect balance of sweet and tart, Olallieberries make superior pies and jams, tarts and ice creams. Blend them into smoothies and milkshakes, or fold them into muffins and coffee cakes. Cook them down into a sweet compote to top cheesecake or ice cream. Complimentary flavors include, coconuts, apricots, peaches, honey, rose, citrus, strawberries, raisins, hazelnut, cardamon, cinnamon, mascarpone, fresh young cheeses, poultry, wild game, pork, chocolate, fino sherry and rum. They are highly perishable, and should be used immediately upon purchase.
"Olalli" comes from the Northwestern Native American's word for berry. Hence, when translated, Olallieberry equals berry berry.
The Olallieberry was developed by George F. Waldo in 1949 for the United States Department of Agriculture at Oregon State University. Though it was developed in Oregon, the more temperate coastal regions of California proved to be a more suitable growing region, thus it is primarily cultivated throughout Northern and Central California rural areas. Olallieberries are a very small production fruit crop compared to the common red raspberry and blackberry. They are most commonly sold at farmers markets and found in home garden brambles as their ability to withstand soil and plant diseases make them a choice bramble plant.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge||Coronado CA||619-522-6890|
|Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa||Carlsbad CA||760-827-2400|
Recipes that include Olallieberries. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Fearless Dining||Olallieberry Thyme Sauce|
|Desserts for Breakfast||Lemon Verbena and Olallieberry Crumble Muffins|
|Key Ingredient||Olallieberry Crisp|
|Desserts for Breakfast||White Peach and Olallieberry Walnut Galettes|