Haskap Berries

(Lonicera caerulea) Deciduous. Zones 2-7

Haskap, “the fruit of longevity and vision,” is the ancient name given to this potent fruiting plant by the Indigenous Ainu people of Japan. Haskap is also known as Honeyberry, or Blue Honeysuckle.

Native to the Northern Hemisphere, Haskap has been found in the wild across Canada, where it is becoming hugely popular with home gardeners and commercial growers. It is fast growing, produces an early crop of berries, and extremely cold hardy. It is also high yielding - one plant can produce 7-10 lbs of fruit!

The unique fruit of the Haskap looks like an oblong blueberry and tastes like a cross between a raspberry and blueberry with a kiwi like texture. Berries ripen in mid to late June, and appear ripe several weeks before they are actually ready to eat. When fully ripe, the flesh is a deep purple; if berries are green inside, they are not ready and will be sour. Birds love these scrumptious berries, so be sure to protect plants with netting if you want a good harvest.

Haskap berries are delicious eaten fresh and absolutely lovely in jam, pie, or syrups. Bursting with vitamins and antioxidants, Haskap berries have been used in traditional medicine for centuries!

This low-maintenance medium sized shrub is excellent for edible landscaping and, since it is disease and pest resistant, a perfect choice for organic growers. Haskap needs an unrelated variety to pollinate and prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil.