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Boysenberry is a very large bramble fruit, the boysenberry was the fruit sensation of its era, rocketing from mysterious origins to be grown on some 2,400 acres in California by 1954. This gradually dwindled to 70 in 2008, and last year agricultural statisticians stopped counting, the ultimate indignity for the once-dominant variety, and a fruit native to the Pacific Coast from Oregon to Southern California. These berries with their slightly tangy taste can be enjoyed fresh by the handful or made into jams, jellies, syrups, sauces, and pie fillings. They add a touch of sweet tartness to dessert offerings, yogurt, and smoothies.


Boysenberries supply a significant dose of folate, which is a B vitamin that aids in energy production and the formation of cells. The daily recommended intake of folate is 400 micrograms, though pregnant women are often advised to consume between 600 and 800 micrograms because the nutrient can reduce certain types of nervous system and brain birth defects. A 1-cup serving of fresh or frozen boysenberries contains about 83 micrograms of folate, and the same amount of canned boysenberries supplies 87 micrograms. It is also high in vitamin C and fiber, both of which have been shown to help reduce the risks of certain cancers.


Like the blueberry, boysenberries are a rich source of anthocyanins, natural antioxidants which help to maintain healthy brain cells and protect against oxidative damage that leads to brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease. They also appear to play a role in boosting memory.


These can be a great snack option for those who want to supplement their protein intake. Most of the proteins found in boysenberries are the essential amino acids you need to consume externally and they are enough to meet 6% of your daily requirements. Boysenberries are an excellent source of various health benefitting minerals as well. One serving of boysenberries can replenish your body with manganese, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper and magnesium.


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  1. Moses said,

    December 7, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Good day,I am very much aware of blue berry and not this boysenberry.where can I purchase this fruit/plant

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