Dry~Poached Chicken Breasts with Olallieberry Sauce | Roasted Green Bean & Baby Potato Salad
“Marionberries and olallieberries are relatively new varieties of cultivated blackberries, both very popular with Northwest growers. Both bear large, black, shiny, sweet berries with a medium~to~firm texture and more than a hint of wild blackberry flavor…In most places berry season starts in late spring and lasts through midsummer. Because cultivated blackberries are generally larger, juicier, sweeter, higher in acid, and decidedly less seedy than wild ones, they are better for canning and jam~making. They also make delicious sauces…” ~ Alice Waters, Chez Panisse Fruit
Prior to last Saturday’s farmers’ market trip I had never before heard of olallieberries. A huge fan of blackberries, I was drawn to the containers of shiny, plump fruit but as I approached the market table upon which they were displayed I noticed the unfamiliar, rather odd labeling. Although similar in shape to their wild cousins, olallieberries boast variegated color tones ranging from deep red to practically black and their flavor, while decidedly sweet, possesses a layer of tartness….