The fruit of the lonicera caerulea (“blue honeysuckle”) has been enjoyed in northern Russian and Japan for centuries, and is an exciting new crop for US growers and gardeners. Several superior varieties have recently been developed from Japanese stock, subspecies emphylocalyx, and we offer a few which have been developed by plant breeder Dr. Maxine Thompson, Professor Emeritus, from Oregon State University.
Read more about the differences between Russian and Japanese cultivars here.
The blue, oval berries have a flavor that is a tangy blend of raspberry, blueberry, and currant. The skins are tender, and the seeds are small and unnoticeable. They are ready for harvest early in the season, ripening in most locations at about the same time as strawberries.
The uses of haskaps are as varied as any other berry: pies & crisps, jams & chutneys, ice cream & smoothies, salads & sauces, wines & liqueurs.
The nutritional value of haskaps is exceptional. They are known in Japan as the "berry of long life and good vision." Haskaps are extremely high in antioxidants, surpassing black currants in their powerful array of anthocyanins, polyphenols and bioflavanoids.
The plants are an upright, spreading shrub, cold-hardy and disease-resistant. The Japanese varieties we offer are more adaptable than the Russian varieties to the somewhat variable winter and early spring weather in the northern US states
We ship dormant, bare root plants. Send us your inquiry, and we will work with you personally to answer questions and fulfill your order.
Our diversified farm has been in operation since 1988 producing fresh market berries and vegetables. We have been growing Dr. Thompson’s varieties of haskaps for several years, and we are eager now to share this wonderful berry plant with you.
Learn more about our superior varieties for US growers and gardeners.