[NAFEX] Honeyberry sweetness (sourness)
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Jun 13 11:57:53 EDT 2009
Edible honeysuckle is mostly high in acid, which is why the ones you
have taste sour as a fresh fruit. Their sugar levels can actually be
fairly high, with 17 Brix not being too unusual.
For clarification, material being sold as Honeyberry is from Russian
I just spent a day with Dr. Maxine Thompson the breeder who is using
Japanese material to produce new edible honeysuckle selections. She
calls the berries "Haskap" after the traditional Japanese name. She
has selections that bloom as much as two months later than the Russian
stuff, have berries more than twice the size, and some selections are
low in acid, so that they taste sweet when eaten fresh. Helping her
pick and evaluate new selections is a real education in these new
If you have the "honeyberry" type try making a pie with them. Use a
standard blueberry pie recipe and eat the pie while it's still warm.
If you can't taste at least five different fruit flavors, your taste
buds are dead. And when Dr. Thompson's selections come on the market,
those old ones will be plain by comparison.
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On Jun 13, 2009, at 8:37 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
I have read posts where folks say that if our honeyberries are sour
we are picking them too soon and they sweeten with time. I tried that.
I don't pick them when they are sour, they fall off and they are still
To answer the sand vs. clay argument, my honeyberries are growing in
sandy loam, 5% organic matter - 95% sand.
Plant pathologists claim that sour fruit indicates a copper
My soil is not copper deficient but is it possible that honeyberries
more than most plants?
Are your honeyberries sour or sweet and do you know why?
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