"Bumbleberry” (or “bumble berry") is a term indicating a mixture of berries; there is a “bumbleberry pie,” but other food items have also used the word. “Bumbleberry” has been cited in print since at least 1957.
The Bumbleberry Inn (formerly Grandma’s Kitchen) is located in Springdale, Utah, near west entrance of Zion National Park. Since at least 1969, the restaurant has served “bumbleberry pie,” described in 1975 (below) as “a mixture of leftover blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry.” The Bumbleberry Inn was, briefly, a chain restaurant and it helped to popularize the bumbleberry pie. Restaurant lore has it that a waitress invented the name when a customer asked her what the mixed berry pie was called.
A similar term—“jumbleberry”—has been in use since at least the 1980s.
What is a Bumbleberry Pie?
Bumbleberry is a fabulous name, but don’t expect local farmer’s markets to sell these mysterious berries. Instead, the word is typically used to describe mixed berries, pretty much anything on hand, which are combined and used in various recipes. The most famous of these may be bumbleberry pie, though recipes for bumbleberry cakes, crisps, soufflés, and even tiramisu exist. The origin of bumbleberry pie is often traced to pioneer cooks of the Americas, though some suggest the name may have originated earlier in Europe.
The simplest bumbleberry pie is a combination of mixed berries baked in between two pastry or pie crusts. Cooks may choose to use a lattice crust on the top, because it tends to bake more evenly. Typical berries used vary but may include berries like blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and/or blueberries. When people don’t want to hunt up berries, they can always make this pie with frozen mixed berries.
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Owned and operated by the Smith family since 1972, the Bumbleberry Inn, near Zion National Park, has become a landmark of its own. First time visitors come to Springdale to see Zion National Park and inevitably try a piece of bumbleberry pie while they are here. On their next visit, the pie comes first, and Zion National Park comes second.
According to Grandpa, bumbleberries are burple and binkel berries that grow on giggle bushes, so named because they giggle when the berries ripen and the bush begins to quake, and at the precise moment that they ripen, they giggle. If you were to eat a berry while it was giggling, you would spend the rest of your life giggling.
3 April 1957, Amarillo (TX) Globe-Times, “...The Shadow Children” by Max Trell, pg. 13, col. 3:
Finally, Teddy said: “Who likes pie?”
“I do,” said Hiawatha. “I like every kind of pie except bumbleberry pie.”
25 May 1969, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), Home Magazine, pg. 6, col. 1 ad:
GRAND KITCHEN & GIFT SHOP (Probably an error for “Grandma’s Kitchen—ed.)
World’s Most Fascinating Gift Shop. Dining room brown kitchen bumbleberry pie. Complete bakery and take-out dept.
25 November 1969, Provo (UT) Daily Herald, pg. 16, cols. 2-3:
“Bumbleberry Pie” May Be
Impetus for New Industry
SALT LAKE CITY (UPI)—The mystic surrounding “Bumbleberry Pie” may be the springboard for a new corporation with long-range plans for development of recreational facilities of Springdale, on the west entrance of Zion National Park.
Bicknell A. Robbins, president of recently incorporated Bumbleberry Enterprises, met with Gov, Calvin L. Rampton today, along with Verne D. Gill, director of construction engineering for Mumbleberry, to outline expansion plans for Bumbleberry Inn at Springdale, formerly Grandma’s Kitchen.
The company name is taken from the name product, Bumbleberry pie, made exclusively at Bumbleberry Inn.
“The secret of Bumbleberry Pie lies only in Utah,” Robbins told the governor.
12 February 1975, Hayward (CA) Daily Review, “His road to success paved with ‘hooey,’” pg. 10, cols. 4-5:
Compton was driving in Utah one day when he saw a sign with directions to Grandma’s Kitchen where you could get something called “Bumbleberry Pie.”
Bumbleberry Pie turned out to be a mixture of leftover blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry. But when somebody asked what it was—or so Compton tells the story—the waitress responded, “It’s uh...uh...bumbleberry pie.”
That was in 1969. Compton bought Grandma’s, and next week in DUblin he’ll open his 20th Bumbleberry restaurant—a chain that does an estimated $10 million in business annually and already has restaurants in Hayward and Fremont.
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25 March 1976, Modesto (CA) Bee, pg. B9, col. 3 ad:
“FREE” piece of Bumbleberry Pie with this coupon.
16 June 1980, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, ‘Goverment spending: the people’s sport” by Thomas J. Brazaitis, pg. 2B, cols. 1-2:
Compton headed west. Along the way, he stopped to eat at Grandma’s Kitchen, one of a chain of restaurants. He was so captivated by the specialty of the house—bumbleberry pie—that he put all his money into a half interest in the chain. The chain promptly went bankrupt.
By Jean Paré
Edmonton: Company’s Coming Pub.
A mixture of four fruit in this colorful pie. WHipped cream or ice cream goes well with this.
Add apples, raspberries, blackberries and rhubarb.
20 July 1993, Winnipeg (Mantiboa) Free Press, pg. B5, col. 3 ad:
Ready to Bake
An exciting blend of apples, raspberries, blackberries and rhubarb.
8” -24 oz./680 g
OCLC WorldCat record
The misadventures of Bumbleberry Finn
Author: Ernest Hekkanen
Publisher: Nelson, B.C. : New Orphic Publishers, ©2001.
Edition/Format: Book : Fiction : English
24 December 2002, Daily Sitka Sentinel (Sitka, AK), ‘The Recipe Box,” pg. 7, col. 4:
kate Hookway, a King Arthur Flour Baking Instructor, suggests serving the following recipe for Bumble Berry Pie hot from the oven with homemade ice cream or room temperature with fresh whipped cream.
Bumble Berry Pie
1/3 cup King Arthur Flour Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp. butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
1 cup chopped apple
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice OR 1/4 tsp. lemon oil
Slices of life (and pie) from America’s back roads
By Pascale LeDraoulec
New York, NY: Perennial
Indeed, Vi had tasted the famous bumbleberry pie, and it was in Springdale, Utah, about 20 miles east, near the entrance of Zion National Park.
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