Tayberry and Raspberry Jam

Tayberries and Raspberries grown by Sterino Farm in Puyallup, WA

Tayberries and Raspberries grown by Sterino Farm in Puyallup, WA

Unless you just arrived from another planet, you’ll know a raspberry. Have you ever heard of Tayberries?  According to Wikipedia, Tayberries were “patented in 1979 as a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry, and named after the river Tay in Scotland. The fruit is sweeter, much larger, and more aromatic than that of the loganberry, itself a blackberry and red raspberry cross.”  I’ve never made Tayberry jam until today.  It’s dark red color and blackberry-like aroma make a lovely jam.  I can’t wait to share this with my jam-loving friends.

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Almost all the ingredients and equipment needed to make homemade raspberry jam

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Making Jam with 4 pints (about 2.5 lbs.) of freshTayberries, 3 1/4 cups organic sugar, and the juice of one lemon

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Tayberry jam half pints before sealing in a hot water bath for 10 minutes

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Canning funnels keeps the jar mouth clean. A clean mouth will ensure your jars seal easily.

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Raspberry jam extras. This will go straight into the fridge. The Brooklyn towel is a souvenir from my last trip to NYC. I bought this at Fishs Eddy- one of my favorite kitchenware shops ever.

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5 half-pints of raspberry jam and 5 half-pints of Tayberry jam. I tasted them both and I’m pleased to announce they are good.

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2 thoughts on “Tayberry and Raspberry Jam

  1. Lucy,
    Tayberries look a little like mulberries to me–or at least the things that came off trees and littered the sidewalk near the school bus stop in Virginia, and I have seen somewhere on a walk here in Ohio. Perhaps a bit longer than those berries.
    Jam seems like an excellent way to enjoy them.
    Thanks!

    • They are very similar to a blackberry in cellular integrity, shape and flavor. Still not widely grown here in berry country. Here we get an abundance of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries in northwest WA. Strawberries are abundant but harder to grow organically at a large scale because of the heavy rainfall produced mold, it’s a very short season, too. Marionberries are also similar to Tayberries but I’m pretty sure Oregon grows more than Washington

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