Olallieberry Picking

Olallieberries

Olallieberries

We did a new thing a few days ago and I have decided to make it a June tradition: olallieberry picking.  Earlier this week, with a few friends, we went to Gizdich Ranch to pick olallieberries.  We had so much fun!

I have never previously had olallieberries, so on our way there, I did a little research and found a few little interesting facts about them:

1.  Olallie is Chinook jargon for “berry” so we went to Gizdich to pick “berry berries” which is pretty awesome.

2. The olallieberry is a cross between the loganberry and the youngberry.  The loganberry is a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry and the youngberry is a cross between a blackberry and a dewberry which is a wild variety of blackberry.  So basically, the olallieberry is a whole lot of blackberry with a little raspberry tossed in for good measure.

7 On the hunt

Picking berries

3.  The olallieberry is primarily grown in California.

The ripe ones look like large blackberries and are quite juicy.  They assigned us to a row and slowly worked our way through the vines and by the time we were done, we all had red stained fingers and a wheelbarrow full of olallieberries.  The berries we sampled from the vine as we picked were amazing.  The kids had a great time, though they got tired by the end.  I kept finding just one more irresistibly plump and beautiful berry that I just had to have.  That day, we all shared a delicious pie my friend baked and then we took several pounds of these delectable berries home with us.

I used some to make olallieberry crisp (which is great with french vanilla ice cream) and then used cookie sheets to freeze the rest for smoothies, treats, and future pie/crisp needs.  My sister has declared that some must be saved for a dessert when she visits in a few weeks.  I hope we have enough left!

A berry-bucket-hat

A berry-bucket-hat

The kids really got into it

The kids really got into it

Shortstop enjoyed a sampling of the berries picked off the vine

Shortstop enjoyed a sampling of the berries picked off the vine

 

The red stain of olallieberry juice

The red stain of olallieberry juice

 

I guess he got tired

I guess he got tired

A wheelbarrow full of berries

A wheelbarrow full of berries

 

Freezing berries and Olallieberry Crisp with ice cream

Freezing berries and Olallieberry Crisp with ice cream

Yep, definitely my new June tradition!

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