We’ve had this plant for about three years but it didn’t do well until I transplanted it last year. It is a vigorous plant and I’m hoping it won’t take over though it does have lots of room to spread. The other name for this plant is Chocolate Berry, so called for the small brown berries it produces. When still unripe the berries can be as hot as chilli peppers but as they ripen they taste like a combination of chocolate or burnt caramel. We haven’t used them for cooking yet as they are just starting to ripen but we’re on the look out for some recipes.
Summer progresses and the wild berries begin to ripen. Salal and Oregon Grape on their own aren’t very tasty but mixed together in a jelly make a tasty condiment.
Tayberries are a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry. Ours do quite well, producing a large fruit but have a problem of becoming very soft and hard to pick when ripe. This problem has prevented them from becoming a viable commercial crop. Great for the home garden though, not much care, disease resistant and a tasty aromatic berry.