Cleaning, washing, and sorting berries following harvest today readily shows the vibrancy of this dye…




Haskap Fruit


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.