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It is not often that an opportunity of a new berry comes along with the innovative potential that the Haskap berry has to offer. The berries health heritage and wonderful taste suggest that its long-term commercial future is very promising.

It has been treasured and loved in Russia and Asia for centuries, for its unique taste and health properties. This healthy berry contains extremely high levels of anthocyanin, Vitamin C, Potassium. Phenolic compounds and other antioxidants.

The berries are very well suited for the North American climate (along the latitudes 42 to 55), mechanical harvesting and a wide range of quality high-margin consumer products. These include alcohol-based drinks, given its deep Burgundy colour and a high level of natural tannins.

We encourage everyone to try this naturally inspired ‘Little gift at the end of the branch!’

Our carefully selected varieties

We are very proud of our wide range of unique commercially and flavorsome based Haskap and Honeyberry varieties, all of which we grow in our orchards. The preferable Loincera sources for the selection of new varieties come from (4) Lonicera kamtschatica Sevast, (5) Lonicera Turczaninowii Pojark and (13) Lonicera regeliana Boczkar.

Please click on the names below for further plant information and pictures.

Berries Unlimited varieties – 7

  • Blue Diamond
  • Blue Moose
  • Blue Horn
  • Happy Giant
  • Blue Palm
  • Blue Pinwheel
  • Blue Jewel

UoS Haskap varieties – 4

  • Indigo Gem
  • Tundra
  • Aurora
  • Boreal Blizzard (Spring 2017 – Canada only)
  • Boreal Beauty (Spring 2017 – Canada only)

What variety of Haskap are you looking for?

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LaHave Forests have scoured the world looking for best varieties, and we can offer not only University of Saskatchewan varieties, but also our own LaHave Haskap varieties from Eastern Europe and Russian varieties from Berries Unlimited in the US. We currently offer 17 carefully selected varieties of Haskap and Honeyberries and only sell those that we plant in our own orchards.

The origins of our LaHave varieties come from selections from open pollination from F2 and F4 seedlings from (4) Lonicera kamtschatica Sevast. Pojark., (5) Lonicera Turczaninowii Pojark. and (8) Lonicera edulis Turcz. Ex Freyn.

These excellent new varieties from Berries Unlimited came from the breeding program of the company’s Honeyberry and Haskap expert Lidia Delafield. She studied as a researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences for 13 years and currently offers one of the largest breeding programs in the world. 19 new varieties released in 2013 and another 32 varieties will be released over the next 2 to 3 years. Lidia grew up in Russia and has been growing and developing Honeyberries and Haskap plants for over 40 years. Please see our detailed information section on Berries Unlimited varieties by clicking here or the picture above.

However, there are some quick tricks that allow you to identify where your Haskap or Honeyberry comes from. ‘Hair’ on the berry nose indicates it has L. kamtschatika origins. ‘Hair’ on the leaves is a feature of L. Pallasii.

Their variety we are particularly excited about is Berries Unlimited Happy Giant variety family

Blue Diamond, Blue Horn, Happy Giant and PinWheel.

Berries Unlimited consider this family its “Best All Rounder Grouping”. The berries measure approximately one inch or more in size and have a wonderful sweet tangy taste. The estimated yield is expected to be in the region of 10 to 15 pounds per plant. However please note you need to plant this exciting variety along with other varieties to ensure a healthy fruit set. 

We strongly recommend growers plant four to six varieties in equal numbers to ensure maximum pollination, fruit set and yield. For example: for commercial growers of 1,000 plants, we would recommend a planting plan of 6 varieties – Happy Giant, Pinwheel , Larisa, Erin, Indigo Gem and Aurora.

In terms of harvesting, the varieties that we have selected above are all harvestable within a two-week window. The typical harvesting window is between mid-June to mid-July. Here in Nova Scotia we expect to harvest from early to mid-July.

Haskap or Honeyberry?

Being polite, we say both, but lean towards the name Haskap! However, we recognize that many people say or prefer Haskap and others say or prefer Honeyberry! There is often confusion over naming because of their different regional names. Both names belong to the honeysuckle family or genus species Lonicera.

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In our ‘What is a Haskap berry section’ we have tried to combine the three regional areas of Haskap or Honeyberry genetic varieties research (from Russia, Japan, and North America) to help categorize this botanical species and subspecies of genus Loincera.

We invited Honeyberry expert Lidia Stuart from Berries Unlimited to help us create a work in progress framework that shows the differing species and regions. This list will hopefully help the potential or existing grower to discover origins of their Haskap cultivars. The aim of this research is to help us discover the best tasting and productive varieties for commercial growers or home gardeners. In our opinion, there is no one best variety of Haskap or Honeyberry. There are many great ones and in time many more to come. We believe that the berry is best blended and the more varieties, the better to achieve a real ‘Wild Berry Taste.’

We have taken the 1994 work of Maria Plekhanova, who attempted to analyze and re-categorize many of the existing genius classifications. Her work was not accepted but provides an interesting ‘Left Field’ starting point. However, we are very glad of Lidia’s help to guide us through the many twists and roundabouts of trying to compile this list. We believe it gives us a fair and clearer picture of the genus origins and why some people say Honeyberry and others say Haskap or why some varieties are smaller than others or sweeter. 

Please click here or on the map above to see further details on the 15 Botanical species and subspecies of genus Lonicera.


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Latitude 40 to 55 and Zone 2 to 8

 

At LaHave Natural Farms, we are passionate about the natural taste of our Haskap berries, and the global hunt for juicer and tastier varieties is never ending. LaHave is not just about selling Haskap or Honeyberry plants.

We pride ourselves in providing the aftercare support and tools to ensure your plants continue to thrive, regardless of the size of your garden plot or orchard.

 

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One of the main differences is the shape of the berry