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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Smithers berries brew international award winning Haskap liqueur
Participants from 25 countries put their best spirits to the test, and Haskap Liqueur came away with the award in its first year of production. The slightly sweet liqueur with a zing was made from berries grown at Elaine and Randy Rodgers' Northern ... Smithers Interior News [ story ]
Haskap berries award to Smithers, BC couple
The Canadian liqueur topped competition from 25 countries with their Haskap Liqueur, in its first year of production. This slightly sweet liqueur, with a zing, was made 100 per cent from berries grown at Elaine and Randy Rodgers' farm, Northern Jewel ... The Battlefords News-Optimist [ story ]
Toast of the town
We used our first haskap berries from Salmon Arm, and an Oyama orchardist is planting special fruit trees just for us,” said von Hahn. The event also attracted local, provincial and federal politicians, but it was Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster who ... Castanet.net [ story ]