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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Local farmers spring into action
He says the South Shore's agriculture industry has seen significant growth over the past 10 years with new crops being identified such as the Haskap berry and a wonderful uptake in vineyards and grape production. “There's been a significant uptake in ... TheChronicleHerald.ca [ story ]
Sweet tarts: Haskap berry farmers hoping to cash in on Japanese demand
Once the 40,000 haskap berry plants at Yukon Berry Farms reach full maturity, it is estimated they will produce at least 400,000 pounds of berries each year. At first blush, the Yukon doesn't seem like a great place to grow fruit. North of 60, the ... Yukon News [ story ]
The Haskap berry: Europe's new super food?
Fruit Logistica is seen by many in the industry as a great, if not the best, event of the year, to gain new contacts and promote new products. For Haskap Ltd, a Slovenian company dealing in the little known Haskap/Blue Honeysuckle berry, they are ... FreshPlaza [ story ]