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Boysenberries are Back

It’s springtime, which means that our favorite berry, the boysenberry, will soon be making its much-anticipated appearance: The Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival will run this year from March 28 through April 12.


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A little history: In the 1930s Walter Knott harvested the boysenberry, a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, and named the new berry after its originator Rudolph Boysen. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm. As the unofficial home of boysenberries, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates this delicious berry every spring with a series of spring-themed events for the family and tastings of an array of imaginative boysenberry dishes. (This is a park that takes its food seriously.)

This year, Knott’s will debut its Berry Market™ Boysenberry BBQ Sauce during the festival. Other boysenberry treats will include fried cheese curds paired with a spicy boysenberry dipping sauce; a fish and chips sandwich with boysenberry tartar sauce; Boysenberry ICEE Floats; Boysenberry Frappuccino and Latte; many charbroiled treats cooked on open-air barbeques throughout the streets of the festival; and of course Knotts’ world-famous boysenberry pie.

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If you’re more interested in the berry itself, you can purchase authentic boysenberry plants at the specially re-created Walter & Cordelia Knott’s Original Roadside Boysenberry Stand.


Additionally, you’ll find boysenberry-inspired activities and displays throughout the Old West section of the park, including oversized boysenberries for photo opportunities and a daily pie-eating contest.Knott’s will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the days of the festival.


Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA. The festival is free to ticketed guests; food and tasting items are available at additional cost. Tickets and more information are available at www.knotts.com.

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2 Responses to Boysenberries are Back

  1. Small Footprints March 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    Wow … I love Boysenberries but had no idea they could be traced back to Knott’s Berry Farm. Are the plants available online or anywhere else. I’m in NC and would love to grow some. Blackberries, Raspberries, etc. grow well here so I would assume that Boysenberries would do well, too! Thanks for an interesting and informative post!

    • Jeanne March 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

      You can buy the plants by ordering from nurseries online – just search for boysenberry plants – Amazon has them too! Thanks for stopping by!

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