LaHave Forests on Dragon's Den

CBC's The Dragon's DenLaHave Forests will have their pitch for Haskap berries on CBC's "The Dragon's Den" online from February 15th at 2pm EST.   Help us cheer for LaHave Forests and promote this healthy new berry across Canada.

Treasure of the North

We are very excited for the future of this plant and the potential of the Haskap berry in our northern climate. This berry has the opportunity to become a great Canadian-grown berry, with wonderful health benefits in the high levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and potassium.

The other major attraction to this berry is the high ORAC value and high levels of Anthocyanins, Poly Phenols and Bioflavanoids. These compounds are known as anti-oxidants, see below how it compares to other berries for the overall health benefit of these compounds.

Haskap Antioxidants Comparison
Source: http://haskap.ca/health-benefits

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

 

 

 

Haskap: An Introduction to the Fruit, Its Health Benefits, and Marketing Possibilities

Haskap, Lonicera Caerulea is a new fruit variety with many health benefits. In my research I found high levels of antioxidants that are equal to and higher than many medicinal plants in use today. It has also been found to be high in phenol content but there is relatively low ascorbic acid and mineral content. This fruit, being unknown on the market, is a new commodity that many people have been awaiting. Haskap will truly be the new fruit of the future.

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By: Kirsten Larson
Sunofi-Adventis Biotalent Challenge 2009