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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Can Haskap keep the doctor away?
Vasantha Rupasinghe, Canada Research Chair in Fruit Bioactives and BioProducts, and his team have begun a new research initiative to investigate the disease fighting power of the newest cool climate fruit crop in Nova Scotia: Haskap. Also known as blue ... Dal News [ story ]
Dal AC professor, students researching haskap against cancer
Madumani Amararathna, left, talks with Vasantha Rupasinghe, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, about lung cancer cells. Amararathna, a masters student, is working on Rupasinghe's ... Truro Daily News [ story ]
Haskap berries benefit forestry firm
The people at LaHave Forests Inc. in Blockhouse determined a few years ago that sluggish timber growth was cutting into the profitability of their Lunenburg County forestry development plans. They turned to a tiny and highly nutritional berry called ... TheChronicleHerald.ca (registration) [ story ]