What is a Haskap.
Lonicera caerulea, or Haskap.
“Haskap” is the name given to this fruit by the Japanese, which also translates as many presents at the end of Branches. Other names include edible honeysuckle, blue honeysuckle and honeyberry.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonicera_caerulea for further information.
Where Does it Originate
Lonicera caerulea is a circumpolar species native to northern boreal forests in Asia, Europe, and North America. Specifically Northern Japan,Russia and Canada. It is mainly found in low lying wet areas or high in mountains.
Haskap was introduced to Canada as an exciting new offering from the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Breeding Program. This unique fruit is showing promise as it grows, is harvested, processed and marketed domestically and in export markets.
The Canadian prairies are proving to be an ideal place to grow haskap. The University of Saskatchewan varieties are cold hardy to -45C, and flowers have been known to survive and set fruit after withstanding -11C temperatures.