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Oct 13, 2004 04:05 PM

Boysenberries - where to find? (fresh OR frozen)

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I need to bake a boysenberry pie for my boyfriend's birthday on Friday. I've hit up Trader Joe's, Safeway, and Berkeley Bowl...none of which have either the fresh or frozen berries. Any suggestions for other stores? Thanks so much.

(Strangely enough, when I was searching the archived posts I noticed the same request from a girl in NYC who wanted to bake her boyfriend a boysenberry pie. I know they must be out there somewhere in the Bay Area...)

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  1. I see them at Whole Foods fresh and Safeway frozen, but that's in San Mateo. Andronicos or Whole Foods in Berkeley should have them.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Molly

      Hmm...lucky for the residents of San Mateo! Unfortunately, none of the Safeways/Andronicos/Whole Foods in Berkeley have them. Darn. Have you seen them anywhere else, by chance? Thanks!

      1. re: Chestnut

        Call Rainbow Market. They have a frozen food distributor who may have frozen boysenberries. I know that they have marionberries and such.

        1. re: jen maiser

          Thanks for the suggestion, Jen. I did call Rainbow Market yesterday, but maybe the sales assistant I talked to wasn't too knowledgable about his products, because he swore that they didn't carry frozen foods, and had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned the frozen food distributor. And I was too tired to drive over and check out the market myself, so I just gave up on that lead.

          BUT! - after calling about 12 Safeways yesterday, I discovered that the El Cerrito Safeway carries boysenberries! I headed over there today to check it out - and yep, there was a full display. It was so beautiful, I almost cried. ;)

          So, for all you Chowhounds out there who need to bake boysenberry pies for your significant others - El Cerrito Safeway's got you covered.

          Thanks for all the suggestions! It's always great to find out about other options for produce in the area.

          1. re: Chestnut

            Thanks for the update. How strange that most Safeways don't have them and yet one had a whole display.

            Good luck with your pie -- I hope your SO appreciates how hard to worked to find these.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              not that I am the world's biggest Safeway shopper, but I have noticed that the selection seems to vary quite a bit store to store by neighborhood (for example, my local Mission St Safeway has a much better than average (for Safeway) Hispanic food selection, but cuts of meats not favored in Hispanic households are very hard to come by, and selection in general is not nearly as good even as at other Safeways in the city...(other than for emergencies I've pretty much given up shopping there)

              it must mean the local buyers have a lot of flexibility from store to store, and that the El Cerrito Safeway buyer loves boysenberries: either that or someone in central marketing thinks folks in El Cerrito are really into pie baking :-)