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Haskap Berries Ė The Superfruit You Donít Know About

"Haskap berries might be the next new superfood – but most people haven’t heard of them.

That’s because the berries, which are higher in antioxidants than blueberries, have traditionally been found only sporadically in the wild across Canada, growing mostly on the edge of wetlands.

Haskap, meaning “little present on the end of a branch,” is the name given by the Japanese. Other names include edible honeysuckle, blue honeysuckle and honeyberry.

The taste is distinct, says Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef who promotes Maritime cuisine.

“It’s got this raspberry, wild blueberry sort of undertone, and then all of a sudden there’s that Honeycrisp [apple],” Bosse says from Pictou County, N.S. “It’s got that real funky flavour profile,” which he likens to bumbleberry, or mixed-berry pie.

Some people say the berries – which are dark blue, oval or cylindrical, and about 2.5 centimetres long – have a hint of elderberry, black currant or grape, and a tartness.

“The nice thing about the haskap berry is it’s incredibly versatile,” Tayler says from Mahone Bay. “It has the capacity to be a wine, but it also has the capacity to be a health-food supplement” because of its antioxidants.

Haskapa has created juice, jams and condiments with haskap berries and infuses other products with the fruit including maple syrup, gin and vodka. They also make body scrub, bath salt, lip gloss and soap containing the haskap and plan to introduce powder for juice and wine in the next few months."

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