Most Americans familiar with the name Burbank know it because of the endless stream of jokes Johnny Carson made about the suburb of Los Angeles bearing the same name. But Luther Burbank's career as a botanist was nothing to joke about considering that during his lifetime he developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants used around the world today. And he did so despite the fact that his formal schooling ended in high school.
The orbs pictured above are Burbank Wonderberries. I was warned before I grew them that their taste is usually mild and understated. The bad news is that this appears to be the case. But the good news is that they can be used in various recipes that apply to other types of berries and still produce a delicious outcome. I guess baking and sugar can add zip to any type of berry.