[NAFEX] University researchers working to perfect haskap berries for Canada (Vancouver Sun)

Sarah Kehler Ewing skkewing at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 24 10:40:56 EDT 2011

Haven't tasted wine from them... give me a couple of years!  I haven't had my equipment out since we moved to the farm (trailer didn't have room), but we are in the big house now and getting close to having too much of a couple kinds of fruit.  I would think that wine from them would be distinctive, the jam from them is highly flavoured-not just sugar jell like some other stuff.

I'm surprised that yours are so short: my first planting, which includes the variety Blue Belle, could not be in worse soil and is completely over-run by choking grasses and they are still at the 5'  mark.  But they do well in higher pH soil which is something we have in spades here on the prairies.

The mish mash effect of seedlings is where the fun is! ;0) I had a few seedlings fruit this year: all the ones that made the 12" growth mark last year.  They were very much like the originals, nothing remarkable, but very edible.
zone 3
Edmonton, AB

From: mIEKAL aND <qazingulaza at gmail.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:20:28 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] University researchers working to perfect haskap berries for Canada (Vancouver Sun)

I'm thinking I have Blue Belle.  That name sounds familiar.  My bushes
after 8-9 years are not even 3 feet high.  Well mulched, good compost
etc, they have never gotten any larger.

So the million dollar question is, have you tasted wine made from
them, & if so, do you notice any distinctive character that really
captures the fresh fruit flavor?

Also, if you have seedlings that are a result of your planting Im
assuming those seedlings would be a mishmash of genetics.


(you've almost sold me to put in a planting.....)

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 11:19 PM, Sarah Kehler Ewing <skkewing at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I like all the Honeyberries/Haskaps and while there are noticeable
> differences in shapes, sizes and ripening dates, I'm not seeing much
> differences flavour wise.  Maybe some of them are a bit sweeter, but pick
> any of them a day or two early and they will all taste terrible.  The
> Haskaps are a larger berry, but they are all so much bigger than our native
> Saskatoons/Pin Cherries/Choke Cherries that there is no point in complaining
> about the 'smaller' ones.  Don't get me wrong, when they are properly
> ripened, I love them all out of hand, in jams, in smoothies, in pies, in
> cakes, in muffins, on ice cream, in crisps....  And living this far North,
> you have got to love something that is so frost hardy.  My only problems
> with growing them is that I hate the work of netting them which you have to
> do or they will all be eaten by the birds (but that is worth it to me) and
> the bushes are so brittle I have to make sure that my dogs don't make their
> patrol paths beside them because one winter of deer chasing by a bush took
> it from 4' tall to 6" tall.
> We have Blue Belle, Berry Blue, Blue Bird, Blue Velvet, Blue Pear, Borealis,
> Cinderella, Opal, Polar Night , Polar Jewel, Svetlana, Tundra, Wild Honey,
> Honey Sweet, Indigo Treat (9-91), Indigo Gem (9-15), Indigo Yum (9-92) and
> about 150 seedlings from the above.  This might just produce more than we
> can eat next year!
> Sarah
> zone 3
> Edmonton, AB
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