[NAFEX] Edible Honeysuckle Info

rob hamilton lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 5 12:29:39 EST 2003


If I recall, One Green World Nursery has some named
cultivars of this plant.

http://www.onegreenworld.com/

(not listed on their website though)

--- Mauch1 at aol.com wrote:
> >The U of S imported some plants and they are
> testing 
> >them now.
> 
> I wonder if these varieties will ever make it to the
> U.S.A.?
> 
> >"Blue Bell" was probably the best tasting of the 4
> "OLD" 
> >cultivars that was tested.
> 
> Interesting.  In the two catalogs that list "Berry
> Blue" and "Blue Belle", "Berry Blue" is listed as
> the "tasty" one.
> 
> Any other opinions out there?
> 
> Chris Mauchline
> SE PA, zone 6
> 40° 5' N    75° 51'W
> ~650 ft elevation
> 
> <<Some testing into the Edible Honeysuckle is being
> done at the University of 
> Saskatchewan.  "Blue Bell" was probably the best
> tasting of the 4 "OLD" 
> cultivars that was tested.  However, in Siberia,
> where they originated, I 
> have heard that they use these cultivars only for
> ornamental reasons.  There 
> have been many new cultivars released since "Blue
> Bell" with immensely 
> higher quality fruit.  The U of S imported some
> plants and they are testing 
> them now.
> 
> Here are a few interesting characteristics:
> - OPEN fruit blossoms are reported to be hardy to
> -7C!
> - The fruit ripen before strawberries.  Up here,
> this equates to a
>   bloom time of 1st week in May, and ripen time in
> mid-june.
> - Hardiness to -40C.
> - Dwarf growing, to 6' high and 6' wide.
> - Not self-fertile.  Need to plants of different
> cultivars to pollinate.
> - Long, cylindrical shaped fruit, Over 1" long, .25"
> in diameter.
> - Some say, "Blueberry-like taste", but I disagree.
> 
> Dean
> Regina, Saskatchewan Canada
> USDA Zone 2/3
> >>
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