Other NamesBlue 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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Canadian berry producer triples production
LaHave Natural Farms has three times as many haskap berries this year compared to last season, according to Liam Tayler, commercial director at LaHave Forest Products, the parent company of LaHave Natural Farms, where haskap berries are grown, and ... FreshPlaza [ story ]
Family-run orchard and U-pick operation
A visit to the Bruno Cherry Festival in 2005 inspired Paul and Jacquie Mitchell to expand their U-pick orchard to include University of Saskatchewan sour cherries and haskap berries. The delicious flavour and the hardiness of the fruit convinced them ... Grainews [ story ]
Bearing fruit: The 'super' berry that changed a couple's life
After dismissing the idea of tomatoes or garlic, they happened upon a fruit called the Haskap berry, little known outside Japan and Russia. “We wanted to grow something interesting, something special. A friend Googled 'superberry' and it went from there. Jewish Chronicle [ story ]