They are lighter in colour than Boysenberries and somewhat tarter. The colour of the berries ranges from dark red to dull black. They are round, large (the average berry weighs about 1/5 oz / 5 g), and are juicy with good flavour.
Marion berries are popular in Oregon with commercial growers.
Marion berries were developed jointly by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Oregon State University from a cross between Chehalem blackberries and Olallieberry blackberries. They were released 1956.
Literature & Lore
Marion berries are named after Marion County, Oregon, US.