Haskap is an exciting new crop for North America. The good varieties taste something like blueberries & raspberries. The bad ones taste like tonic water! The early varieties are the first fruit crops to ripen, even before strawberries, late ones are ripe 3 weeks later.
Since receiving funding from Saskatchewan Agriculture in 2006, we have made controlled crosses resulting in thousands of seedlings. Already we see impressive results in faster growing plants and larger berries. Perhaps more exciting for us are the wonderful flavours that occur in different plants in the breeding program. Often its hard to decide which is best.
Our goal is to combine the best traits from Haskap from different regions to adapt this crop for mechanical harvesting. But we also want to have early mid and late season varieties that taste great.
- Haskap Compatibility, Flowering and Ripening charts for U of SK Varieties by Bob Bors. Knowing when varieties bloom and ripen is very important when choosing cultivars to grow. Also, not all varieties are genetically compatible for pollination.
- 'Boreal Beast' description by Bob Bors. This new cultivar was selected in summer 2015. It will be available to the public in 2018 or 2017.
- 'Boreal Beauty' description by Bob Bors. This new cultivar was selected in summer 2014. It will be avalible to the public in 2017.
- 'Boreal Blizzard' description by Bob Bors. This new cultivar was selected in 2014. It will be avalible to the public in 2016.
- 'Aurora' 'Borealis' article by Bob Bors. This article provides information on our new Aurora cultivar.
- 'Honey Bee' a new pollinator variety by Bob Bors
- Indigo Haskap by Bob Bors
- New Haskap Varieties from the University of Saskatchewan by Bob Bors. This article provides information on the original U of S Haskap releases.
- Haskap makes a great food dye! A series of articles written by Bob Bors. Part 1: Juice Preparation and General Characteristics. Part 2: Mixing Haskap with Other Juices. Part 3: Mixing Haskap with Milk and Milk-like Drinks. Part 4: Haskap Cupcakes with Icing.
- Dried Haskap by Bob Bors
- Haskap Wines at the U of S Fruit Program by Peter Reimer
- How far south can Haskap be grown? by Bob Bors
- Mildew and Sunburn in Haskap (Honeyberry) by Bob Bors
- Edible Blue Honeysuckle: A Fruit for Cold Climates by Clayton Wiebe (Jan. 2010)
- Mechanical Harvesting trials of 2009 by Bob Bors
- Growing Haskap in Canada by Bob Bors
- A Pollination Strategy by Bob Bors
- Shocking News about Haskap for Growers by Bob Bors
U of S Research and Reports
- Haskap grant reseach final reports. Haskap Breeding and Production was our first Haskap grant which was completed in 2009. A second follow up grant also titled Haskap Breeding and Production was completed in 2012. Click on the titles to view the reports in pdf form. .
- Haskap: the Shape of things to come in 2010 by Bob Bors
- Haskap Pollinator Research in 2009 by Bob Bors
- Sabbatical Report by Bob Bors (Sept. 09)
- A Visitor from Russia by Bob Bors (Sept. 09)
- Haskap Sister Crops by Bob Bors (Sept. 09)
- Haskap Breeding at the University of Saskatchewan by Bob Bors
- Observation of Japanese Haskap in Oregon by Bob Bors
- Haskap & Japan by Bob Bors
- Blue Honeysuckle by Bob Bors
- Haskap Nutrition Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3. A three part video of James Dawson (PHD student with the U of S fruit program) explaining the nutritional benefits of Haskap fruit. This was recorded at the 2014 Haskap Canada Annual General Meeting.
- Breeding and Selecting Haskap for Nutraceutical and Agronomic Suitability. Our most recent ADF report (2015).
- Click here to watch video presentations from a Haskap workshop in Salmon Arm, BC
- Wild Honeysuckle Pictures (Lonicera Villosa)
- Haskap on the Nautre of things. Click here to watch the Fruit Hunters episode where Haskap makes a cameo.
|Variety||Berry Size||Shape||Flavour||Bush Size||Read more|
|Indigo Treat||1.41 grams||sweet||average||Here|
|Indigo Gem||1.30 grams||sweet/tangy||average||Here|
|Indigo Yum||1.29 grams||tangy/sweet||average||Here|