A Pacific Northwest Gem : Marionberries

A berry special berry to us here at Stahlbush, Marion Blackberries are a Pacific Northwest gem. Developed at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon (the same city as our main farm!) the Marionberry holds a special place in our heart. That’s why we have been curating our favorite recipes featuring Marionberries for you to enjoy. Similar to a Blackberry, Marionberries tend to be slightly sweeter and have a lighter flavor. Enjoy our favorite recipes below to get a taste of the Pacific Northwest.

 

Marionberry Scones:

 

Ingredients

1 bag Stahlbush Island Farms Marion Blackberries

2 cups all purpose flour

¼ cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for the topping

1 tablespoon baking powder

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces

2 eggs

½ cup half & half

1 teaspoon almond extract

 

Preparations

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cut in the butter, until mixture looks combined. Mix in the Marion Blackberries.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, half & half, and almond extract.
  • Stir into the flour mixture just until evenly moistened.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently form it into a ball.
  • Pat the ball into a circle about ½ inch thick.
  • Use a biscuit cutter and cut out scones.
  • Place the wedges 1 inch apart on the baking pan, lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush with a tablespoon of sugar on top.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

 

Simple Marionberry Sauce:

 

Ingredients

1 bag Stahlbush Island Farms Marion Blackberries

¼ cup sugar

juice of ½ lemon

2 teasponns cornstarch

½ teaspoon almond extract

 

Preparations

  • Combine 1 cup Marion Blackberries, sugar, lemon juice, almond extract, and cornstarch into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until thick, about 5 minutes.
  • Place in glass Tupperware.
  • Add the rest of the Marion Blackberries and combine.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  • Serve with ice cream, biscuits, granola, pancakes etc.

 

 

Marionberry Milkshake:

 

Ingredients

1 cup Stahlbush Island Farms Marion Blackberries

2 tablespoons sugar OR 1 date, softened from hot water

½ cup milk (or more if mixture isn’t creamy enough)

3 scoops vanilla ice cream

 

Preparations

  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender, and blend until smooth.

 

 

Simple Marionberry Crisp

 

Ingredients for the Filling

2 10 oz. bags Stahlnush Island Farms Marion Blackberries

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

 

Ingredients for the Topping

1 cup flour

¾ cup butter

1 ½ cups rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Preparations

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the berries, sugar, and flour until coated.
  • Pour mixture into a prepared round baking dish
  • In a large bowl, prepare the topping by mixing flour, oats, sugar, and cinnamon. Slowly add butter and mix until combined and mixture is incorporated.
  • Add mixture carefully on top of the berry mixture, and bake for 20 -25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, and serve immediately with ice cream or whipping cream.
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