Harvesting Haskap

Edible blue honeysuckle (EBH) berries have a dulled blue skin.  This selection is called Tundra

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…but their interior is a scarlet colour.  When picked by hand haskap does not bleed on its end (not so with honeyberries and non-varietal EBH).  When mechanically picked using a plastic bat and child’s wading pool, there is some damage.

When processing the berry into juice or cooked for syrup and jam this damage does not matter.

We harvested seventeen gallons of Borealis haskap the other day.  We collected a half gallon of juice that we will pasteurize and use for juice/dye from these seventeen gallons…

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…exquisite colour.

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Our Orchard

We started raising haskap in volume in 2008.  That year we planted 1,000 bushes.  Our haskap orchard is now made up of 3,000 plants.  We use no synthetic chemical whatsoever in our fruit production.  This fruit is both an incredibly healthy food and a juice that can be easily applied to animal fibres.  We allow U-Picking on a limited basis.  We opened our gates on Friday.  Yesterday was a beautiful day.  People showed up in volume, happy to harvest…

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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.