What is HASKAP?

Haskap Berries

It is the Japanese name for Lonicera caerulea. It is also known as ‘Blue Honeysuckle’,  ‘Honeyberry’, ‘Edible Honeysuckle’ and ‘Sweet berry honeysuckles’. When translated into English, it can be spelled as Hascap, Haskaap, and Hasukappu. Most people mistakenly group haskap as a new type of blueberry, when in all reality, haskap’s closest fruit relation is the  tomato.

Ripening weeks before strawberries, they have a flavor commonly described as a combination of blueberries, black currants and raspberries. They have been used in a wide range of products including juice, wine, candy, pastries, jams, dairy products and are eaten fresh. 

 

Haskap fruit production is a new and developing industry in Canada. The original varieties of these fruits released to the Canadian fruit industry produced quite a small bitter fruit. The new varieties that are being developed from the University of Saskatchewan are being branded as ‘Haskap’ because our Japanese cooperators considered them to be of high enough quality to be used in the Japanese market. Also, these varieties are partly descendant from Lonicera from the Kuril Islands
which were once part of Japan.

Source: Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan (www.haskap.ca), "Indulge in Healthiness" brochure