What Does it Look Like:
It probably has the world’s most diversely shaped berry …Like Snowflakes in Canada no two are alike. They are about 1.5 to 2.5 cm ( ½ to 1 inch) long and look like an elongated Blueberry.
When fully ripe the berry is an indigo blue, sometimes with a waxy overlay which makes it look dusty white. The Flesh of the Berry is green when it is not ripe but turns to a rich crimson color when it is fully ripe.
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What Does it Taste Like:
The flavour is often referred to as Sweet Tart. The outer skin is very thin and when you first bite into it, the initial flavour starts with a hint of blueberry or Saskatoon Berry but finishes with a (tart, tangy, snap) overtone of raspberry. It seems the flavour is somewhat dependent on the level of polyphenols (antioxidants) and the soil types. (Cold Climate Gardening,By Clayton Wiebe January 26, 2010)
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. Growers in Alaska and the Northwest Territories find the haskap varieties very suited to their short season with long daylight hours……(BC)
Google map showing locations where wild Haskap was gathered. The program that generated this map causes pins to fade when too many pins are in close proximity. In fact, there were 126 sites in Canada where wild haskap was obtained. Probably over 300 other sites were searched that did not have haskap. To our knowledge this is the 1st time living plants form this species have been extensively collected in Canada.
Native to Canada