Tayberries were patented in 1979 as a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry, and named after the river Tay in Scotland. In our gardens, they are the second to ripen, after strawberries. Tayberries are aromatic and delicately flavored, with few seeds. Because they are difficult to pick by hand and not machine harvestable, they are not generally commercially grown.
Tayberry Jam is the favorite of many customers, and we almost always sell out before the next crop of berries has arrived. One customer enjoyed a dollop on her cereal every morning, and ordered Tayberry Jam by the case, to be sure she would never run out. Sadly, she moved to Australia-we hope she grows her own tayberries now!