University of Maryland Extension

Haskap

Also known as honey-berry (Lonicera caerulea), this interesting fruit from a bush in the honeysuckle family.  Not much cultural information about haskap is available. It is being grown in the Midwest and Northwest U.S. and midwest provinces of Canada. Haskap has high antioxidant content and might be marketable as an unusual high-value crop. Like many blueberry varieties, they are harvested in late spring/early summer.

Much of the most recent research has been at the University of Saskatchewan, were a funded breeding program has developed several new varieties.  Other breeding research has been done in Oregon with Dr. Maxine Thompson, the creator of the four varieties being trialed at WyeREC. Over the next few years we will look at tolerance to Mid- Atlantic climate and disease and insect pressure.

At least two varieties must be grown together for successful pollination. When choosing varieties to plant, they must have both similar flowering times and compatible pollen, so that cross pollination can occur. In 2017, warm early-spring temperatures initiated an early bloom in early-April.  In 2018, the cool spring extended bloom time to late April. All varieties at WyeREC bloomed at the same time.

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