LOGANBERRY

Berries, berries, berries... sweet, juicy, tart, sour; all at the same time, delicious. Today’s flavor is the lesser known, Loganberry.

loganberryAlthough, it is quite possible that you’ve had a Loganberry and mistaken it for a raspberry, they are indeed distinctly different berries. The Loganberry is said to have originated in the U.S.; specifically in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. So, it’s a wonder that my first known taste of a Loganberry was in the welcoming and cozy kitchen of Monk Haven Manor, in St. Ishmael’s, Pembrokeshire, Wales. These particular berries were part of the cornucopia of lovely edibles harvested straight from the garden below the house and lovingly turned into a delicious jam made by the expert hands of Jan Mathias, proprietor of Monk Haven Manor. What better way to enjoy the fantastic home baked bread than with a slathering of homemade Loganberry and Raspberry Jam?!?

Of course, the morning’s gentle banter and delightful camaraderie with Jo and Jan, made every breakfast morsel infinitely more delicious.

The Loganberry is a hybrid cross between a blackberry and a raspberry. It has the delightful red color of a raspberry but the flavor, size and texture of a sweeter blackberry. From a culinary perspective Loganberries, though not quite as popular in the mainstream market, actually make a better fruit for kitchen endeavors. They are a little bit hardier than the raspberry having a full rather hollow center and imparts their own unique flavor; not too raspberry-ish and not too blackberry-ish. They are, as demonstrated, delicious in jams, pies, cakes, salads, on their own, and even tossed into game based savory dishes.

loganberriesFrom a health perspective, the loganberry delivers all the nutritional goodness of its counterparts. They are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients to keep you on a wellness track. They are high in fiber, and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K; all of which contribute to bone and tissue health, immune balance, and a healthy nervous system. Their naturally high pectin content contributes to collagen production. They contain potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, etc, etc.. making them a fantastic option for decreasing systemic inflammation and oxidative stress.  Research indicates that just one half cup of berries a day contributes to prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and various neurodegenerative diseases. 

We all know that laughter, good food, and good friends support optimal health, so I highly recommend finding delightful people to share your Loganberries with, as we were lucky to do at Monk Haven Manor.