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Haskaps: What are they, where to find them and how to use them

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What are they, where to find them and how to use them

Haskaps are similar to, but  not related to blueberries, but they are oblong berries that are blue! They are actually related to honeysuckle,(Lonicera caerulea) and go by other names. Haskap berry or haskaps, is the Japanese name for the berr.

Taste and description

  • They are edible with an unusual sweet and tart flavor, described as a cross between raspberries and blueberries.
  • They are shrubs that typically grow to a height of 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 m.). The plant produces a 1-inch (2.5 cm.), oblong, blue-colored berry.
  • They are said to have a higher level of antioxidants than blueberries
  • Each plant produces 1 lbs to 10 lbs of berries annually and the plants live 50 years plus.
  • Since they are resistant to both disease and pests, they are ideal for organic gardening

Where are Haskaps grown?

Haskaps are native to cool temperate Northern Hemisphere areas such as Alaska, the northern Midwestern states, Canada, Japan, Russia, and Poland. Of course, they may also be grown in similar climates to which they are not native. They are very cold-hardy and can survive temperatures down to -55 degrees Fahrenheit (-48 C.).

To find farms with Haskaps (also called Haskaps!) see below:

 

Alaska

Minnesota

Missouri

Pennsylvania

Canada

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

Ontario

Saskatchewan

 

When are Haskaps ripe?

Haskaps are ripe in the early Spring, far ahead of blueberries and Saskatoons.  Keep in mind, the actual ripening dates and even the order can vary considerably from farm to farm, year to year, state to state; so take this as general order!

Other names for Haskaps

  • honeyberries
  • blue-berried honeysuckle,
  • Fly honeysuckle,
  • deepblue honeysuckle, and
  • sweetberry honeysuckle

Berries that are similar to Haskaps

  • Aroniaberries - also callled Chokecherries
  • Bilberries - smaller cousins of the blueberry in Europe
  • Bblaeberry in Scotland and Ireland, smaller, intense flavor; like a bilberry-
  • Huckleberries - larger blue berries, a bit less sweet, common to the northern US and Canada
  • Saskatoons - Canadians know about Saskatoons. They are native to western Canada and the northwest of the U.S.. They are larger, a bit less sweet; almost identical to a Huckleberry, with a hint of apple.
  • Serviceberries - another name for Saskatoons
  • Whorlberry or whortleberry  grown in the United Kingdom.  Much like a bilberry.


Haskap Recipes - Cooking and Canning Haskaps

Being similar in many ways to blueberries, most blueberry recipes work well with Haskaps.

Canning and freezing Haskaps: Blueberry jelly



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