Haskap (Blue Honeysuckle - Lonicera caerulea L.)
Haskap (Blue Honeysuckle)
Also known as Blue Honeysuckle or Lonicera caerulea L., the haskap plant produces a delicious fruit that can be hard to describe. Many people describe it as a mix between raspberry and blueberry, but in our opinion it is completely unique.
The haskap berry is quickly becoming recognized as the latest super food. Its antioxidant and other health benefits are well known in places like Japan, where the berry is considered a delicacy, and scientific study is confirming the benefits of haskap. A 2008 article in the Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, for example, highlights the role haskaps can play in preventing chronic conditions like cancer and diabetes.
Because they produce fruit early in the growing season and because of their exceptional winter hardiness, Haskaps make an excellent choice for orchard owners and small scale growers alike. Haskaps can survive winter temperatures as low as -45°C and their flowers can be exposed to -7°C temperatures with no damage to the fruit.
Haskap Plantlets in the Greenhouse
Haskaps are well suited to mechanical harvesting and generally produce fruit by mid-June. Commercial growers can capture more fresh market customers as a result, and home growers can enjoy a longer season of delicious fruit, pies and jams.
Haskaps are suitable for both spring and late summer/autumn planting. For the best results, plant your haskaps one to two inches deeper than the soil level of the container in which they are shipped.
Suggested Row Spacing
- Commercial growers should allow five metres (16 feet) between rows, and one metre (three feet) between each plant in a row.
- U-pick operations should allow 2.5 to three metres (eight to 10 feet) between rows and 1.5 to two metres (4.5 to six feet) between each plant in a row.
Sweet. 2.17 g
Suitable for mechanical or hand picked.
Sweet/tangy. 1.49 g
Mechanical harvest .
Sweet/tart. 1.62 g
Hand picked/small orchards.
Sweet/tangy. 1.29 g
Mechanical or hand picked.
Sweet/tart. 1.30 g
Tangy/tart. 1.90 g
Sweet flavour. 2.80 g
Sweet flavour. 2.60 g
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