Haskap Fruit

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Edible blue honeysuckles, Lonicera caerulea, are plants that likely originated in eastern Siberia and are now circumpolar in distribution.  It is a truly northern fruit whose berries develop earlier than any other fruit, and whose flowers can withstand -7C/19F temperatures and still produce fruit!  Developed into superior selections since approximately 2000 at the University of Saskatchewan, many people liken its taste to a cross between blueberries and red raspberries.  Unlike most other fruits it is one of the few berries whose anti-oxidants have been analyzed in vivo; it is known how compounds like haskap’s distinctive anthocyanins actually benefit the human body.  And it is these that give this fruit’s meat its distinctive, deep, and rich purplish colour.

 

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