KATZ BOYSENBERRY PRESERVES 16 oz. $18.00
Wow...that was a record, these went so quickly! We hope there will be more next year, fingers crossed!
There is no fruit that speaks to my childhood food memories more than boysenberries. Growing up in Southern California in the sixties was to eat Walter Knott's Boysenberry Jam, but the connection went deeper as my uncle worked for Mr. Knott 'back in the day.' We would get to visit the farm where all the berries were grown and actually taste the dark, rich, juicy fruit that would be used to make the jam right across the road from the fields…very cool (and then of course, there was the Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park!).
Commercial production of boysenberries has nearly disappeared, and Mr. Knott has long since sold off his business and farm, and his berries were replaced by concrete. Like many of the best heirloom varieties of fruit, they are just too fragile for shipping and seed companies have been able to breed hardier - but not tastier - berries that can ship from here to there and back again!
Unbeknownst to me as a child, I would remain connected to Mr. Knott, as I myself became a jam-maker. But imagine my surprise and sense of 'synchronicity' when during my research I found that the original boysenberry - a cross between a raspberry, loganberry and blackberry - was developed and first planted by Mr. Boysen right in the Napa Valley in 1920! Not only that, but a few years later he would sell all the rights to the fruit he developed, to whom else, a small farmer in Southern California named Walter Knott!
Since our first batch of this fleeting berry, many growers and come and gone. Today, the local grower we now get the boysens from is Bob Hattich who originally grew his berries right in Napa not far from Mr. Boysen’s original plantings. His family sold the property about 7 years ago and big surprise...the new owner ripped up the berry bushes and replanted them in grapes...just what we need in the Napa Valley...more grapes! Bob, who retired up in California’s lower Sierra foothills, decided to plant a few boysens there and wondered if I would want them when they had fruit. I emphatically told him I would take all he could grow and so this year we have these coveted preserves again.
This offering has a lush, rich, balanced tartly sweet taste that screams of summer boysenberry pie! Need I say it…when they are gone, they're gone!.
Our preserves are made the old-fashioned way...we do not use any preservatives, period! Please enjoy every spoonful of our fresh fruit preserves, and refrigerate after opening.
Limit 2 per Customer...please!