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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Better than blueberries? Introducing Canada's new super food — the haskap berry
It is called haskap. And you may not have heard of it either. I know I hadn't. But it is Canada's newest super food. A hardy, anti-oxidant rich, cold-weather-loving berry — with Russian, Japanese and Canadian roots — that has researchers buzzing ... National Post [ story ]
This could be the most delicious berry you've never hear of
Have you eaten haskap berries? They're Lonicera caerulea, and you don't have to know a lot of botanical terms to know that Lonicera is a honeysuckle, but who knew honeysuckles produced delicious edible fruit? These shrubs are being marketed in the U.S. ... Idaho Statesman [ story ]
Haskap berry Canada's new super food
It is called haskap. And you may not have heard of it either. I know I hadn't. But it is Canada's newest super food. A hardy, anti-oxidant rich, cold-weather-loving berry - with Russian, Japanese and Canadian roots - that has researchers buzzing about ... Saskatoon StarPhoenix [ story ]