Other NamesBlue Honeysuckle
Swamp Fly Honeysuckle
Sweet Berry Honeysuckle
Haskap plants are native to nine Canadian provinces. Russian horticulturists started to breed sweet-tasting Siberian Haskap berry plant varieties in the 1950s. Early-blooming haskap flowers are not affected by late spring snowstorms. In Japan the Haskap is named for the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido island where the berries have been enjoyed for centuries. Many blueberry farmers also grow Haskap berries.
Haskap can survive a large range of soil acidity. Haskap grows well as a single bush, or as a row of bushes for a nice hedge. Haskap grows better planted with high organic matter, in well drained soils, and in locations with lots of sunlight. It may take three or four years to produce a good harvest of haskap berries.
Haskap uses include pastries, jams, juice, wine, ice cream, yogurt, sauces, and candies. Haskap is easy to use for ice cream and smoothies, since the berry skins just seem to disintegrate. Haskap can produce a wine similar to grape or cherry wine.
The binomial name for Haskap is Lonicera caerulea. There are nine varieties, although some authors treat these as subspecies: Lonicera caerulea var. altaica, found in Northern Asia, Lonicera caerulea var. caerulea, found in Europe, Lonicera caerulea var. cauriana, found in Western North America, Lonicera caerulea var. dependens, found in Central Asia, Lonicera caerulea var. edulis, found in Eastern Asia, Lonicera caerulea var. emphyllocalyx, found in Eastern Asia, Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica, found in Northeastern Asia, Lonicera caerulea var. pallasii, from Northern Asia and Northeastern Europe, and Lonicera caerulea var. villosa, found in Eastern North America. Lonicera caerulea is also known by many different common names, mostly regional in use, including Blue Honeysuckle, Edible Honeysuckle, Honeyberry, Sweet Berry Honeysuckle, and Swamp Fly Honeysuckle.
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Nova Scotia berry farm pioneering sustainable superfood
LaHave Natural Farms is selling 10-acre tracts of farmland in Nova Scotia, on the future site of a large Haskap berry farm. Investors pay $400,000 for the land and the plants growing on it, while LaHave tills the soil, grows the plants and hires the ... CTV News [ story ]
Maritime farmers cash in on hot new cash crop
The health benefits of the Haskap berry have earned the fruit the ranking of a superfood. Growers of the healthy berry say it also has a big role to play in the health of the Maritime economy. The Haskap berry is part of the honeysuckle family. The ... CTV News [ story ]
Local grower cultivates rare berry
Haskaps are nearly ripe and ready for picking. The tiny fruit, rare anywhere outside of Hokkaido, Japan, is only found in one spot on the Kenai Peninsula. Brian and Laurie Olson, owners of Alaska Berries, are not holding the location of their rare ... Kenai Peninsula Online [ story ]