How Oregon Saved Us From Killing Our Blackberry Vines

Oregon Saves My Vines ~ (Farm blog)

I am a native Oregonian.  Most Oregonians probably have some childhood memories of picking berries and staining their hands dark blue/black.

Well, on our farm while wacking away tons and I mean TONS of briar thicket we came upon a name plate of what we were wacking away.  ‘MARION BERRY’.  They are the big stand of vines on the upper side of the hill behind my husband’s back.  I ran into the house to research it.

To our surprise, the marion berry is considered the ‘cabernet of blackberries’ due to its complex, rich and earthy flavor.  It is the king of kings, shall we say.  The marionberry was introduced by George F. Waldo in 1956 and adapted to Western Oregon.  The Marionberry is named after Marion County, where it was tested extensively.  It was bred at Oregon State University.

Allegedly, Oregon raises 90% of the Marionberries in the world.  WELL THERE YOU GO.  I couldn’t live further away from my home state of Oregon if I tried, yet in my orchard I have a 20 x 60 foot bonanza of this Oregon treasure I was about to have my husband bushwack down.

Here are ideas on how to manage your own berry patch by way of intriguing trellises that can be both beautiful and functional, removing the dangers of thorns by well managing the briars.

HiBar Ranch Pinterest ~ Berry Trellis Ideas

Health Benefits Of Marionberries

  • High in ellagic acid (5.83 mg/g), which is known to help prevent cancer.
  • High in antioxidants (28 μmole per gram, compared to 24 per gram in blueberries.)
  • Contains high levels of strong antioxidants such as Vitamin C, gallic acid and rutin that help promote circulatory health and fight against cancer.
  • Contains high levels of anthocyanins (109-155 mg per 100g), which can also protect against cancer, heart and circulatory diseases and age-related mental decline.
  • Eating whole berries has been shown in scientific studies to be more beneficial than taking the individual phytochemicals (a class of healthful chemical substances found in plants) in the form of dietary supplements.
  • Berries are also an excellent source of fiber ~ 1/2 cup berries has as much fiber as 3/4 cup of brown rice.

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