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.
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!
Yep, definitely my new June tradition!