Special Summer Pie Ingredient: Tayberries

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I work two farmers markets each week here in Seattle, and recently I stumbled across a few little pints of tayberries. I scattered them on my morning yogurt, but there is, perhaps, a better way to use them — namely, in a pie! 

Tayberries are an elusive fruit, unless they're on your radar. A colorful mix between a blackberry and a red raspberry, tayberries are slightly tart and extremely fragile. They're harvested right when they fall off the bush, so they're more delicate than blackberries or even raspberries. For that reason, they're generally only sold at farmers markets or farm stands. (You'll rarely find tayberries at your grocery store.) But if you can find a pint, they make the best jam and a perfectly tart/sweet berry pie. They also freeze beautifully.

Below you'll find a few of my favorite ways to use tayberries in desserts. Have you baked with tayberries yet?

A Few Starter Tayberry Recipes: 

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