The tayberries are ready!!!
They're Farmer Tod's favourite fruit and this year it's a bumper crop. Thousands of deliciously large purple fruits hanging from the bushes, just waiting to be picked!
But what is a tayberry? That's a very good question! In this post I'll explain what they are and why they're such a great fruit to pick...
A Tayberry is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry. This particular breed was created in the 1970s in Dundee, Scotland and named after the nearby River Tay. A tayberry looks just like you'd imagine this hybrid to look, mixing the pink of the raspberry and the black of the blackberry to make a deep purple fruit. It combines the quantity of fruit too, producing a large, long berry.
Other raspberry x blackberry hybrids exist, including the Loganberry and Sunberry, but we think the tayberry is the best of the lot. We've been growing them for over 30 years and they've got a cult following from a lot of our regulars!
What do they taste like?
Tayberries taste similar to a raspberry, but are sweeter. They don't have the tartness of their pink cousins and so can be enjoyed freshly picked without sugar or cream. For this reason, they're great for kids to snack on as they don't result in as many tummy-aches as wolfing down some more sharper fruits can.
Our tayberries are ready now (29th June) and there are plenty ripe to pick at the moment. The season will usually last for 3-4 weeks, but with all the unpredictability of this year's fruit crops I'm not going to promise they'll last as long as that.
I'd advise coming in the next week or two and as always, check our availability page before setting off!
What can I do with them?
Due to their natural sweetness, most people enjoy eating their tayberries raw and unadulterated, either on their own or as part of a fruit salad. We sell hundreds of punnets ready-picked from the farm shop, and often hear they're so moreish they don't even last the journey home!
Another popular option is to make them into jam. Barbara and her team in the cafe make a straight tayberry jam, with a deep full-bodied flavour and the following ingredients: tayberries, sugar... that's it!
She also makes a tayberry & raspberry jam which is that little bit sharper and won 2 stars at the Great Taste Awards. You can pick up these jams in the farm shop, or why not pick the fresh ingredients here at the farm and boil up your own batch of jam at home!
James Bulmer, 29th June 2018