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Wed Mar 24 14:04:26 EDT 2010
I have not tasted the new "Canadian" varieties of honeyberries labeled "Haskap". However, I do not see that a few decades of breeding work from our neighbors to the north necessarily has improved them significantly from the centuries of cultivation that probably occurred in Asia or Japan. Not saying it hasn't, but I've been around long enough to be suspicious of claims of breeders. So I think you have asked a very perceptive question here.
I do very much like the taste of most of the honeyberry varieties I have grown and there is a significant range of taste each season. My problem with this is I have not paid enough attention to this range to determine if it is a ripeness issue between varieties or an actual difference in the varieties themselves.
--- On Wed, 3/24/10, Maria Schumann <mariaschu at vtlink.net> wrote:
From: Maria Schumann <mariaschu at vtlink.net>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Haskap
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 1:16 PM
Speaking of haskap, has anyone actually tasted them? Are they
really that much better then honeyberries? I'd love to plant a
bunch, but its a little scary just going on the publicity from the
haskap association and the u. of Saskatchewan. If anyone has tasted
them-- what varieties do people like?
On Mar 23, 2010, at 11:30 AM, Ernest Plutko wrote:
> I obtained a variety of haskap seed last autumn. I put then with
> moistened peat in a sealed one quart jar. Buried the jar in my
> garden over winter. Dug up the jar last week with the aid of warm
> water to thaw dirt. A few of the haskap seeds are germinating.
> Turns out that haskap seed does not need cold treatment to germinate.
> Just plant them when you get them. I didn't do enough research.
> I'll baby the sprouting seeds. I usually have a black thumb when
> starting seeds.
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