Haskap berries are also known as a honeyberry. They are native to Russia, Japan and North East China and known to the Japanese as the "berry of longevity and fruit of vision". Their taste is often described as a mix of blueberry, black current and raspberry. They are slightly tart and bursting with flavour!
Haskap berries are most commonly eaten fresh, similar to other berries. They are best picked when they are bright blue-purple colour and almost fall off the bush. They are relatively new to Canada but you would be lucky to find them in jams, syrups, preserves, ice cream, smoothies, wine, liquor, juice and baking. There are roughly 60 calories in 2/3 of a cup.
The haskap berry is loaded with excellent health benefits; including 3 times more antioxidants than the incredibly healthy blueberry and more vitamin C than an orange. In addition, they are high in vitamin A, potassium and fiber.
Studies at the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University showed considerable evidence of significant antioxidant, cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory, neuro-protective, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties.