Haskap Berry: Treasured Fruit for Centuries and Good For You!


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Categories: Health & Nutrition

The Haskap berry is dark blue in colour, naturally delicious and very good for you. It has been treasured and loved in Russia and Japan for centuries, for its very unique and sensuous taste and remarkable health properties. Please click on the YouTube link below for an introduction to this wonderful new berry, our philosophy and its potential.

It contains extremely high levels of anthocyanins, Vitamin C, Potassium, Phenolic compounds and other antioxidants. Recent research shows that Haskap has nearly three times the number of antioxidants than a wild blueberry, making it an important part of a healthy and balanced diet.

A  freshly picked Haskap berry (Lonicera caerulea) produces a full sensory explosion in the mouth. It is tart yet sweet, heady with a robust, complex in mouth sensation and a wonderful finish. We feel the juice has more in common with a fine wine than with other juices such as blueberry, pomegranate, grape or apple.

We recommend planting 1,000 plants per acre and when mature potentially yields 8,000 to 10,000 pounds (in year 4 to 5) of tasty and nutritious berries, harvested in late June to early July. The plants are very well suited for mechanical harvesting and a wide range of quality premium consumer products. These include alcohol based drinks, given its deep intense colour and high level of natural tannins.

IT’S HEALTHY AND NATURALLY DELICIOUS

Haskap berries were known by the ancient Ainu people of Japan as the fruit of long life and good eyesight. There is accumulating scientific evidence that bioactive compounds, such as antioxidants found in berries, have significant potential health benefits. Haskaps contain extremely high levels of anthocyanins, vitamin C, phenolic compounds and other antioxidants.

The table below suggests that if pomegranates are the ‘Rubies in the orchard’, perhaps Haskaps are the ‘Blue Diamonds’.

 

WHAT DOES A HASKAP BERRY LOOK AND TASTE LIKE?

They are dark blue in colour, oval or cylindrical in shape and about one inch in length. The Russian varieties tend in general to be longer (3cm plus) and larger than the Japanese ones (1cm).

A fresh Haskap berry or juice produces a full sensory explosion in the mouth! It is tart yet sweet, heady with a robust, complex in mouth sensation and a wonderful finish. It’s taste is likened to a ‘Zingy’ combination of Blueberry and Raspberry with a hint of Elderberry.It consistently wins nine out of ten LaHave consumer ‘Tasting is Believing Taste Offs’.

It consistently wins nine out of ten LaHave consumer ‘Tasting is Believing Taste Offs’. Please click here to see our famous televised Haskap, Blueberry and Pomegranate ‘Taste Off’.

DO WE SAY HASKAP OR HONEYBERRY?

Being polite, we say both, but lean towards the name Haskap! However we recognize that many people say or prefer Haskap and others say or prefer Honeyberry! There is often confusion over naming because of their different regional names. Both names belong to the honeysuckle family or genus species Lonicera.

 

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