Well I hadn’t, not until today that is. According to a news article:
they are very popular in Europe and Asia, but despite growing wild in every province in Canada (except BC), they are not well-known here or in the US.
Another article at:
says that they are better than blueberries: “Imagine a grape/raspberry/blueberry or a raspberry/blueberry/black currant mashed together, with two to three times the antioxidants of blueberries,”
Well, I love my berries especially for their antioxidant properties so I’ve gotta find out more about what sounds to me like a “super superfruit”.
provided me with the information I was looking for.
- Haskap is the Japanese name for Lonicera caerulea aka Edible Blue Honeysuckle.
- It is the ‘branding name’ being used in North American to differentiate the newer varieties of edible blue honeysuckle.
- It is a circumpolar species native to norther boreal forests in Asia, Europe and Norther America. It is mainly found in low lying wet areas or high in mountains.
- Haskap is an ancient Japanese name of the Ainu people of Northern Japan for the fruit meaning “berry of long life and good vision”.
- Good varieties of Haskap have a fresh raspberry/blueberry flavour with a special zing common and unique only to Haskap.
- The plant has few pests and is the first fruit crop to ripen each season (earlier than strawberries by a few weeks.)
- Haskap is a deciduous shrub growing to 1.5 – 2 metres tall.
- The fruit is an oblong dusty electric-indigo berry about 1 cm diameter and ranging from about 1 – 4 cm long.
- The flavour of Haskap has been described as somewhere between a blueberry, a Saskatoon berry and a raspberry.
- With the unique quality of having a skin that will melt in your mouth, and seeds that are so small they are not noticeable, Haskap is ideally suited to create a superior processed product.
Note: If you’re a backyard gardener and interested in growing some Haskap, this website has an amazing amount of info to help you out.
share nutritional info about Haskap.
- High in Vitamin C and A, high fibre and potassium.
- Being high in antioxidant levels
- Haskap berries have an extremely high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value and specifically they have high levels of Anthocyanins, Poly Phenols and Bioflavanoids.
I suspect that as time goes by we’re going to be hearing more and more about this “super superfruit”. I know I’ll be watching not just in the news, but on the grocery store shelves as well!!!