Boysenberry Boysenberries are a pretty recent discovery: they were sold for the first time around mid-20th century. Still, they've managed to catch people's attention both because of their taste and their benefits. Find out all you need to know about boysenberries!

About Boysenberry

Boysenberries are actually a cross between the Rubus idaeus (a Europrean raspberry), Rubus fruticosus (common blackberry) and Rubus loganobaccus (Loganberry).

The fruit was discovered by George M. Darrow (member of the USDA) and Walter Knott (farmer) in the farm that used to belong to Rudolph Boysen. Boysen had tried a few experiments and these berries might be the only successful results. They were sold for the first time in 1932 and called "boysenberries", after their "creator", Rudolph Boysen.

Boysenberries are large, aggregate fruits. They have a reddish-purple color and have large seeds inside. They have a slightly tangy, but pleasant taste. They are available in stores as fresh, frozen or canned fruits.

Just like many other forest fruits, boysenberries also have important chemical content. They are known to be a great source of anthocyanins, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Also, they contain important amounts of potassium, folate, vitamin E, and other nutrients. Last but not least, the fresh or frozen fruits are fat-free and have a very low caloric content.

How to Use Boysenberries

You can enjoy boysenberries in various ways. The easiest would be to eat them as a snack. It doesn't matter how you get them; they can be fresh, frozen or canned.

You can add them to a fruit salad. They can also be crushed and made into a puree, so that you can prepare a delicious and refreshing smoothie.

They can be used to make jams, jellies, syrups, or sauces. You can add them to breads, muffins and pie fillings, to give them a sweet, delicious taste. Also, you can add a few to yoghurt, oatmeal, or even pancakes, as a healthier alternative to the classic maple syrup.

However, when it comes to consuming boysenberry, it is recommended that you eat either fresh or unsweetened frozen boysenberries. They have all the nutrients that these fruits are famous for. While canned boysenberries are still good, they contain more sugar and they might also lose some of their nutrients.

Health Benefits of Boysenberries

Considering the rich amount of nutrients they contain, consumption of boysenberries can lead to various health benefits.

As the fruits contain dietary fiber, they help with cleaning your arteries and intestines. This means they prevent and treat heart diseases, constipation, diarrhea, or hemorrhoids. It also lowers the risk of getting diabetes, gallstones and kidney stones.

They are also rich in folate (vitamin B). This helps with energy production and also cell growth. It is especially recommended for pregnant women to consume boysenberries, as they reduce the chances of the baby getting brain defects or nervous system defects.

The vitamin content of boysenberries also provides various benefits. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system and prevents the appearance of cardiovascular diseases and eye diseases. Vitamin K is known to lower the risk osteoporosis, Alzheimer's diseases, and kidney stones; in some cases, it can also prevent diabetes. Vitamin E helps protects cells against damage and therefore reduces the risk of cancer and heart diseases; it also promotes the production of red blood cells.

Last but not least boysenberries contain anthrocyanins. They help keep your brain cells healthy and protect them against oxidative damage (which can cause brain aging or brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease).  They also help with boosting the memory, no matter the age. Also, they give boysenberries anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties; the fruits are especially known to help fight against colon cancer and esophagus cancer.

Side Effects

There are no known side effects when it comes to boysenberries. However, if you're allergic to raspberries or blackberries, you should be careful when eating boysenberries. You might get an allergic reaction from them, as well. Stop eating them and contact your doctor if you notice any weird symptoms.