Meet the Haskap Berry

 

Haskap, or Lonicera caerulea, is a species of berry native to the northern boreal forests of Asia, Europe and North America and thrives in a variety of climate and soil conditions.It has been cultivated for centuries in Siberia and Japan but its use as a foodstuff is relatively new to North America.

The University of Saskatchewan began to develop the plant commercially in 2001, creating a variety better suited to Canadian growing conditions and taste buds, and growers have been capitalizing on this exciting new crop.

Haskap is an extremely vigorous crop, able to withstand temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius. It is a perennial with low pest and disease pressure. The plants provide consistent yields from year to year as they are harvested early, before insects have time to build in number, and have the entire summer to prepare for winter.