Haskap (Blue Honeysuckle - Lonicera caerulea L.)

Haskap (Blue Honeysuckle)

Haskap (Blue Honeysuckle)

New Varieties

The much anticipated Haskap varieties of Boreal Blizzard and Boreal Beauty will be available in 2016. We are currently accepting deposits on both varieties for the 2016 season and they will be prioritized based on the order they come in. Get your order in soon.

 

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 (Blue Honeysuckle)

Haskap Plantlets in the Greenhouse

Commercial and home growers can extend the growing season by pairing haskaps with dwarf sour cherries, saskatoon berries and other fruit crops harvested late in summer.

 

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 SpacingSuggested 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.

 

Varieties AvailableVarieties Available


 
FRUIT ATTRIBUTES
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS

MATURE HEIGHT
PRODUCTIVITY
HARVEST
FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Easy to pick. Pointed shape.
Sweet. 2.17 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Very fast growing, Disease resistant.
Suitable for mechanical or hand picked.

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.5-2.0 m
(5-7 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
HARVEST - Mid-late June

Aurora has a fruit that is larger and sweeter tasting than previously released varieties. The fully grown shrub can exceed two meters in height, and may provide full production before other varieties; an important trait for those who are eager to taste this extraordinary berry.

Aurora is fully hardy to Zone 2 and the flowers can withstand -7 C without damage. Imagine fresh fruit by the middle of June!

FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Most firm berry. Bullet shape.
Sweet/tangy. 1.49 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Dry scar.
Mechanical harvest .

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.25-1.5 m
(4-5 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - High
HARVEST - Mid-late June

Tundra’s fruit is firm and does not bleed from the stem end when removed from the plant, making this variety suitable for mechanical harvest and Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) processing. It possesses the desired fruit shape and size to appeal to the Japanese market and rated high in the flavour testing.

FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Soft berry. Oval and boxy.
Sweet/tart. 1.62 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Wet scar.
Hand picked/small orchards.

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.25-1.5 m
(4-5 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - High
HARVEST - Mid-late June

Borealis is noted for yielding very large fruit with excellent flavor. Its fruit has a softer, more delicate fruit than Tundra, so it may not be suitable for IQF. Borealis is an ideal option for U-Pick operations or for the home gardener.

FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Firm berry. Long oval shape.
Sweet/tangy. 1.29 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Dry scar.
Mechanical or hand picked.

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.5-2.0 m
(4-6 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - High
HARVEST - Mid-late June

The Indigo Yum variety is another good option for mechanical harvesting. The berries are of similar flavor to Tundra, but slightly tangier. This variety can be planted with Tundra and harvested at the same time.

FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Mid-firm berry. Short oval.
Sweet/tart. 1.30 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Fast growing.
Mechanical harvest.

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.5-2.0 m
(4-6 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
HARVEST - Mid-late June

Indigo Gem produces fruit which is slightly chewier than other varieties. This unusual trait can be an advantage for some processing applications. Indigo Gem displayed a high yield at the time of selection in the field.

FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Mid-Firm berry. Long pointed.
Tangy/tart. 1.90 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Very fast growing, disease resistant.
Hand picked.

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.75-2.25 m
(6-8 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
HARVEST - Mid-late June

The Honey Bee cultivar is meant to be used for pollination of the other U of S cultivars under most circumstances, especially when mechanically harvested. Honey Bee can be useful as a companion crop alongside Borealis in a handpicking operation. This is due to its tendency to hold onto the stem about 40 per cent of the time when harvested. This trait may encourage growers to use of their final product for juice, wine, or jelly rather than for an IQF product.  Read More ->

FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Mid-firm. Narrow ends.
Sweet flavour. 2.80 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Fast growing, disease resistant.
Mechanical harvest.

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.75-2.25 m
(6-8 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
HARVEST - Late June/early July

Boreal Blizzard is set to be the next big thing in Haskap production with many calling it a “game changer”. This new variety will offer several advantages over previously released varieties, including:  Read More ->

Comming Soon
FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - Firm berry. Long/bulbous.
Sweet flavour. 2.60 g
PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Fast growing, disease resistant.
Mechanical harvest.

MATURE HEIGHT - 1.75-2.25 m
(6-8 ft.)
PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
HARVEST - Early-Mid July

Selected to complement Boreal Blizzard, this variety is changing the way people think about Haskap, and hopefully it will help bring this extraordinary species into mainstream fruit consumption. Here are few characteristics of Boreal Beauty:  Read More ->

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