If you’re looking for something a little bit different for your holiday dessert table this year, consider a new contender: the Marionberry pie.
What is a Marionberry?
Grown exclusively in Oregon, the Marionberry is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry. The berries have a somewhat tart, earthy flavor with traces of sweetness.
The strand was bred at Oregon State University and are named for Marion County, where most of the field trials took place. It is a hybrid of two types of blackberries, the Chehalem and the Olallieberry.
Oregon produces over 28 million pounds of Marionberries a year—more than half of the state’s entire blackberry crop. Consumers across the country can find the delicious Marionberries in shakes, salads, jams, ice cream, pie, tarts, sorbets, liquor and more…. essentially anything you can put a berry in (or on).
Marionberry health benefits
Similar to other berries, Marionberries are high in antioxidants (including vitamin C) and contain healthy phytochemicals that have been found to have anticarcinogenic properties. Berries are an excellent source of fiber.
Marionberry Nutritional Facts – 1 cup
- Calories 75
- Total fat 1g
- Protein 1g
- Dietary Fiber 7.6g
- Vitamin A 238.00IU
- Vitamin C 30mg
- Calcium 46mg
- Cholesterol o
- Anthocyanins 1.55mg/g
- Phenolics 5.83mg/g
Marionberry pies at the St. Peter Food Co-op
This year, St. Peter area residents can purchase Marionberry pies from Willamette Valley Pie Company at the Co-op for Thanksgiving. We’re happy to support this family farm, who have been growing berries locally in Salem, Oregon for three generations.
Each summer the Willamette Valley Pie Company processes about 12 million pounds of fruit, including strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and Marionberries.
All Marionberry pies are homemade from scratch using all-natural ingredients. They will arrive pre-baked at the Co-op so all you have to do is pick one up, stick it into the oven to reheat, and enjoy!