Hybrid between blackberry and raspberry (R.Idaeus x R.Ursinus) the Boysenberry is a shrub-like plant, typical of berries. It is a shrub that can reach 2-3 m in height.
The leaves are deciduous, composed of 3-5 ovate or obovate foil leaflets and serrated margins and acute apex.
The flowers are hermaphrodite, whitish or pink, gathered in racemic inflorescences; the flowering depends on the variety.
The fruit is one of the largest ever, very large size (8gr) long up to 3 / 4cm x 2 / 3cm wide, conical-elongated shape; of deep purple-red-purple color, with a savory, sweet, very aromatic taste.
The Boysenberry is rich in beneficial properties:
- ANTOCIANI: they are natural antioxidants that protect against brain aging by maintaining healthy brain cells. This leads to greater protection against degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- VITAMIN C: can be one of the most useful nutrients that human beings need to take. Vitamin C increases the protection offered by the immune system, and can also prevent cardiovascular disease;
- VITAMIN K: known to decrease the risk of thickened arteries and osteoporosis. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, kidney stones and to have a positive effect on diabetes prevention. Vitamin K is an essential vitamin for maintaining health.
- FOOD FIBER: known to prevent the formation of gallstones and kidney stones. It also aids in digestion and can reduce or even eliminate many digestive problems, such as diarrhea and constipation.
The Boysenberry was developed in the late 1920s during the Great Depression (USA) by Rudolf Boysen, a Swedish immigrant and horticulturist who lived in the Napa Valley region (famous especially for large vineyards) in California. His first plant that gave the first fruits was in 1923. The Boysenberry would have found a huge success thanks to the then expert of underbrush berries WALTER KNOTT of the ‘Walter Knott Berry Farm’. In the years to follow the Boysenberry made the ‘Knott Berry Farm’ one of the most famous companies in the entire American territory. Later it was exported to New Zealand to create new plants for cultivation. To date, New Zealand grows the Boysenberry for commercial exports more than in any other country.
It prefers sunny areas, fits well in all types of terrain.
BOYSENBERRY has a late maturation. From July to September.
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