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A Sweet (and Sour) Taste of Tayberries

Jul 31 2009 - 3:30am

I grew up in a fruit-forward household, so I'm intrigued whenever I come across a variety I don't recognize [1]. So when I found an article about mythical-sounding fruits called tayberries [2], I knew I needed to try them for myself. A cross between the Aurora blackberry and a European raspberry variety, this relatively young berry breed was developed at the Scottish Horticultural Research Institute, and named after the country's River Tay [3]. It's been said to resemble the tart loganberry — a fruit I've never had the pleasure of trying — but with a sweeter finish. Follow me on my search to locate tayberries and see my comparison photos after the jump.

Fragile tayberries aren't often sold commercially [4]. But at the farmers market, I was able to track some down from Yerena Farms [5]. Poli Yerena, who happens to be the nicest farmer I've ever met, seemed surprised when I inquired about them. "Well, I only have two crates left, so I didn't put them out. The rest are going to restaurants," he said, producing a crate of gleaming, sangria-hued clusters from the back of his truck.

Although tayberry season runs from July through mid-August, Poli explained that they don't produce continually like raspberries do, but rather have one large, short cropping period. He handed me an open carton for a taste. They were full of seeds and juice like blackberries, but had the conical shape and the color of a raspberry. Because of their sour pucker, I concluded they'd be great with a dose of sugar in a macerated berry dessert, preserved in a jam, or strained, sweetened, and frozen for the ultimate Summer sorbet.

Since tayberries are scarce with a short-lived season, if you see these at a farmers market, succumb to your curiosity and bring a carton home! Have you ever tried these berries? What did you do with them?

A tayberry (left) next to a red raspberry (right).

A blackberry. 
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Fresh tayberries from Yerena Farms.

Fresh tayberries from Yerena Farms.
Photos: Susannah Chen

Source URL
http://www.yumsugar.com/What-Tayberries-3646193