New Zealand boysenberries are available from November through to January.
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Boysenberries are named after Rudolf Boysen, from Sweden. Boysenberries found commercial success under berry "expert" Walter Knott of Knott's Berry Farm (USA). They were introduced into New Zealand around 1937.
- Boysenberries are a hybrid cross between raspberries and blackberries and they are sweeter than blackberries
- Boysenberry varieties include Mapua, Tasman, McNichols Choice and Brulee
- Boysenberries are an easy crop to grow, requiring only a little support and lots of sun
- Boysenberries are grown in the Nelson region as well as other areas of the country
- Birds love eating boysenberries off the vine so the plants need to be covered with a net
Boysenberries are a good source of dietary fibre, folate and vitamin C and a source of manganese, niacin (vitamin B3) and vitamin E.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.