Selecting and Storing Boysenberries

Delicate and eternally in high demand, too many boysenberries have been ruined by an overenthusiastic hand. Be prepared for the inevitable rush of boysenberry season with these guidelines on selection and storage.

  • Boysenberries have a short season, so act quickly to ensure that you can get all the fruit you need. They’re available in June and July, with some slight variation on each end.
  • Ripe boysenberries should be plump and firm for their size and have a dark purplish color. As a general rule, ripe boysenberries follow the same criteria as ripe blackberries.
    • Pro Tip: Boysenberries will not ripen once they’ve been removed from the vine, so selecting ripe berries is integral.
  • Although the thin skin and high moisture content of boysenberries result in fantastic fruit, the combination is a double edged sword, as it also leads to an extremely short shelf life. Therefore, boysenberries should be consumed as soon as possible.
  • Similar to other berries, it’s important to keep boysenberries in the fridge. Oftentimes, the container the berries are sold in is ideal for storing, but make sure that there’s some overhead coverage to limit falling moisture.
  • Only wash boysenberries until right before serving. Any excess moisture can spell doom for the already highly perishable berry.
  • Planning on freezing some berries instead of holding out until next year? For best results, wash them in a colander and then allow them to fully air dry before transferring into an airtight freezer bag.