Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Day 216 - Boysenberry Preserves

David reviewed this product, since I have a general dislike for jelly/jam/preserves.  All opinions expressed in this review are his.

First off, they should have named it Boysenberry in the Hood.  (Susan wholeheartedly agrees that would be a very fun name – Trader Joe’s corporate please take note J .)

David, at our local Trader Joe's in Virginia, excited to get a new treat
 This Boysenberry Jam (Preserves) has some seeds in it, or, as the British call them, pips.  This is my own fault, as I prefer JELLY, but when I looked in the jar while in the store, I did not SEE any pips, as one can with raspberry jam for instance. 

Apparently it is not pip-free.  (Not that it claimed to be, mnd you, but the pips were invisible through the jar.)
If you don’t mind the pips, you are in for a smoooooth, sweet, and mellow jam that tastes like boysenberry.  It is not as tart as raspberry.  It is more like a strawberry jam, but without the texture of strawberries.  And instead of tasting like STRAWBERRY, it tastes of…  BOYSENBERRY.

Boysenberry is quite a long name for a berry.  But I guess it is only one letter longer than strawberry.  
The pips are soft and do not stick in your teeth like those mean raspberry pips.  Sadly, before the end of your piece of toast, you find yourself longing a bit for the excitement of more tartness.  But if you are in a  jam jam and need a fix, this is a jam for you (see what he did there??).

David's breakfast (see the Tuscan melon in the background?  Delicious and got a 5 star review on day 164 of this blog)
Price – $3.69

Rating – 3.75


  1. Gladys Knight never minded the Pips.

    1. That may be, but those pips never got all up in Gladys' grill...!

  2. Hey, thanks so much for posting this review. For some reason, all the stores in my area seem to have stopped carrying boysenberry jam and preserves, which happen to be my favorite. It never occurred to me to check at Trader Joe's - probably because I never buy jam there. I'll bet it has fewer additives than other brands too. Pips or no pips, Boysenberry in the Hood sounds good to me!

  3. You are very welcome! Glad I could help you find some. Enjoy!

  4. I'm guessing boysenberry anything is very seasonal and dependent on availability. I'm trying to find out when TJs normally carries this product.
    I was just in a TJs and all they had were strawberry and raspberry. No blackberry or the others that they usually carry.
    I asked and they said boysenberry wasn't on their "order form" meaning that the warehouse didn't know when it would be available again.
    Next time at least a dozen jars are going in the pantry!

    1. Don't you hate when that happens? I agree that the best thing to do is completely stock up next time. That sounds like us with the Giant Green Olives!! :)