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As a member of the blackberry family, this cane fruit has a very similar appearance to its blackberry relatives. Slightly longer than a blackberry, the Marionberry is medium to large in size with an elongated shape. The berry was developed during the 1950's by crossing hybrid species of berries from loganberries, the Chehalem and the Olallie resulting in a Marionberry. The first loganberries were developed by crossing a raspberry and a blackberry, thus the similarity to blackberries is understandable.
Grown primarily in the state of Oregon in the U.S., the Marrionberry originated from Marion County, Oregon which resulted in the berry's name. As the berry becomes more prevalent in areas outside of Oregon it is being used for making pies, cobblers, fruit salads, jams, and jellies. It contains very few small seeds and contains high levels of vitamins and fiber.
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