The olallieberry (/ˈləliˌbɛri/ OH-lə-lee-berr-ee), sometimes spelled ollalieberry, olallaberry, olalliberry, ollalaberry or ollaliberry,[citation needed] is the marketing name for the 'Olallie' blackberry released by the USDA-ARS (in collaboration with Oregon State University). The berry was a selection from a cross between the 'Black Logan' (syn. 'Mammoth'), developed by Judge James Logan in California, and the youngberry, which was developed by Byrnes M. Young in Louisiana.

Hybrid parentageBlackberry 'Black Logan' × youngberry
BreederGeorge Waldo and Judge James Logan
OriginOregon,[1] United States, 1935 to 1950
Olallieberry pie in Pescadero, California

According to Judge Logan, 'Black Logan' was a cross between the eastern blackberry 'Crandall' and the western dewberry 'Aughinbaugh'.[2] 'Youngberry' was from 'Phenomenal' x 'Austin Mayes'. 'Phenomenal' in turn is a cross of the 'Aughinbaugh' western dewberry and 'Cuthbert' red raspberry and so has a similar background to Logan's 'Loganberry' because it shares a parent.[3]

Development and cultivation Edit

The original cross was made in 1935 by George Waldo with the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), who ran the cooperative blackberry breeding program between the USDA-ARS and Oregon State University from 1932 until the 1960s. Selected in 1937 and tested in Oregon, Washington and California as "Oregon 609" (OSC 609), it was named "Olallie" and released in 1950.[4]

During the 20th century, the Olallieberry was hybridized with the Chehalem blackberry to produce the Marion blackberry or Marionberry, which – when used as the fruit in a pie – was named as the official state pie of Oregon in 2017.[5]

Olallieberry pedigree Edit

Red Antwerp
Pacific Blackberry
Eastern Blackberry
Red Raspberry
Black LoganYoungberry

In popular culture Edit

"Olallie" means berry in the Chinook Jargon.[1][6][7] Olallie Lake in Oregon's Cascade Range is named after the Chinook term due to the abundance of berries in that area.[citation needed]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Olallieberries". Specialty Produce. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  2. ^ G.M. Darrow (1920). Culture of the Logan Blackberry and Related Varieties.
  3. ^ D.L. Jennings (1988). Raspberries and Blackberries; Their breeding diseases and growth.
  4. ^ "The Heart of Tartness. Like an Obscure Starlet, the Delicious Olallieberry Is Ready for Its Closeup". Los Angeles Times. 11 June 2000.
  5. ^ Marionberry, Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission Archived 12 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Olallieberry – Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  7. ^ Heather Arndt Anderson Portland: A Food Biography, p. 25, at Google Books

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