Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Taste of My Childhood

After some wonderful meetings in Portland this past week, Claire and I headed back down to Eugene for a few more before we wind up our time in the Pacific Northwest.

Sure glad to get one more time with my mom and dad!

And with my brother as well!

Sitting around after dinner, the conversation migrated towards an important Oregon topic: the delicacy of marionberries. Don't know what those are? That's okay! They are only grown locally in Oregon, so you wouldn't find them anywhere else in the world!

The berry, developed through cross breeding two different types of blackberries, was released in 1956 under the name "Marion", after the county where it was tested at Oregon State University. Between 28 million and 33 million pounds are grown annually, but because they don't ship well, they stay in state.

Growing up here in Oregon with marionberries, I had no idea about that fact until I read it tonight! I thought everyone knew about this delicious berry!

As we were looking up information about it, I got to thinking about how good a pie is with those berries. So do you know what we did??

Yes, all piled into the car together and went to Shari's restaurant here in Eugene to pick one up and bring it home to enjoy!

It's been a long time since I've had a marionberry pie. But once I tasted that familiar tart, yet sweet taste, the memories came rushing back of pies my grandma used to bake with this berry. SOO yummy!

"Thanks mom and dad, for indulging me tonight with a taste of my childhood!"

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