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By: Leanne Ely

 

It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh?

Today’s focus is on: BOYSENBERRIES

It’s boysenberry season! Though, you may have a hard time finding fresh boysenberries. Boysenberries are a highly perishable berry, so, for that reason, you’re most likely to find them frozen than fresh. In any case, today we’re concentrating on this berry by giving you a trick, a tip and a recipe about this slightly sweet, slightly tart berry.

Boysenberries are high in fiber, antioxidants and nutrients. A serving of boysenberries provides you with a good amount of folate magnesium and iron, as well as vitamins C, E and K.

Did you know that boysenberries were created by a man by the name of Rudolph Boysen? Boysen crossed blackberries and raspberries with loganberries to create something new. The result was a deep purple berry with one large seed. It’s bigger than a blackberry, and its flavor is a bit sweet and a bit tart.

And PS—hybrids and GMO’s are completely different! 😉

It’s time now for your Trick!

Use boysenberries in any recipe that calls for raspberries, but keep in mind that boysenberries are a sweeter berry.

Your Tip:

Bees love boysenberries. If you want to keep our bee friends happy, plant your own boysenberry bush! An added bonus of planting your own boysenberries is that you’ll be able to eat them fresh off the plant. Again, these berries are difficult to find, so you might as well grow your own!

And your Recipe:

Boysenberry Red Wine Chicken
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:
6 (4-oz.) boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 cup red wine, or use red grape juice with a splash of cider vinegar
2/3 cup boysenberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:
Place chicken in a large slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine wine, boysenberries, vinegar and honey; pour mixture over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

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