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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WHEATLEY RIVER – The first time Charles Lipnicki held up a bottle of Haskap Mead to the light, he thought about the hard work and “little bit of good luck” that went into the product. “It was a milestone of where did you start, where are you going to ... The Guardian [ story ]
Are haskap berries a super food with a future in the Okanagan?
Art Ardiel hadn't either until he was looking for something to grow on the property he owns with his wife Ewa on Road 22 between Osoyoos and Oliver and his mother suggested they should try this berry. “My mother was the one who suggested that we look ... Osoyoos Times [ story ]
Sudbury-area farm family hopes little-known haskap berry will catch on
A Northern Ontario farm family hopes a fruit that's grown in almost every province in Canada but few Canadians have ever heard of, let alone tasted, will capture consumers' imagination and tastebuds when they debut in stores later this summer. CTV News [ story ]