‘Aurora’ & ‘Borealis’ Haskap

We urge all berry enthusiasts to learn more about the great work of Dr. Bob Bors and the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program.  The future of this wonderful new fruit in Canada is a result of the years of work in this program breeding the many varieties of "Lonicera caerulea".

Here is a recent article on the new cultivar named 'Aurora'.

Article published by http://www.fruit.usask.ca.

‘Aurora’ & ‘Borealis’ Haskap  (Download Full Article


Haskap Study in Canadian Journal of Plant Science

"Haskap (Lonicera caerulea): A new berry crop with high antioxidant capacity" (Download PDF)

Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Volume 92, Number 7, November 2012,


Plant Science JournalRupasinghe, H. P. V., Yu, L. J., Bhullar, K. S. and Bors, B. 2012. Short Communication: Haskap (Lonicera caerulea): A new berry crop with high antioxidant capacity. Can. J. Plant Sci. 92: 1311–1317. This study evaluated the antioxidant capacity and total phenolic content as well as total flavonoid content of three haskap (Lonicera caerulea) cultivars, Borealis, Indigo Gem and Tundra, grown in Saskatchewan in comparison with six

other commercial fruits using ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay, oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay, the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging assay, the aluminum chloride colorimetric method and the Folin-Ciocalteu method, respectively. The results indicate that haskap berries, especially cv. Borealis possessed the highest antioxidant capacities and total phenolic contents, specifically total flavonoid among tested fruits, and could be used as a promising fruit source of natural antioxidants. The nutritional values of the fruits were also

assessed using proximate analysis. Strawberry possessed the highest amount of most minerals and nutrients, whereas the nutritional values for the three haskap cultivars were average.


 What can high-flavonoid foods do for you?   Haskap Berries

  • Help protect blood vessels from rupture or leakage
  • Enhance the power of your vitamin C
  • Protect cells from oxygen damage
  • Prevent excessive inflammation throughout your body

What events can indicate a need for more high-flavonoid foods?

  • Easy bruising
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Excessive swelling after injury
  • Frequent colds or infections

Sources of flavonoids include: haskap, apples, apricots, blueberries, pears, raspberries, strawberries, black beans, cabbage, onions, parsley, pinto beans, and tomatoes.

Source:  The World's Healthiest Foods

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Polyphenols: Antioxidants and Beyond

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Augustin Scalbert, Ian T Johnson, and Mike Saltmarsh  (Download PDF)

Research on the effects of dietary polyphenols on human health has developed considerably in the past 10 y. It strongly supports a role for polyphenols in the prevention of degenerative diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers. The antioxidant properties of polyphenols have been widely studied, but it has become clear that the mechanisms of action of polyphenols go beyond the modulation of oxidative stress. This supplemental issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published on the occasion of the 1st International Conference on Polyphenols and Health, offers an overview of the experimental, clinical, and epidemiologic evidence of the effects of polyphenols on health. Am J Clin Nutr 2005; 81(suppl):215S–7S.

Haskap Featured in "Canadian Farm Manager" Magazine

CFM Cover Jan 2013This month's publication of "Canadian Farm Manager"  (Download PDF January 2013) magazine has devoted a big feature to the Haskap berry and LaHave Forests of Nova Scotia.  Click the link to download this free publication, or link to Canadian Farm Manager news to download.

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