Haskap berries (Lonicera caerulea) AKA Honeyberries are increasing in popularity in Montana. These berries have origins reaching from Russia and Japan. Canadian researchers and plant breeders have taken those plants and created the varieties that we know and grow successfully in the US. Haskap coming from “Hasukappu”, the name the Japanese people, gave this fruit, means “little presents on the end of branches”.
Haskap berries are well-suited to cold climates and are often grown in regions with harsh winters. They thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic soils. The cold climate allows them to go through a period of dormancy, which is beneficial for fruit production. These berries are used for fresh eating or jams, jellies deserts and even wines. Haskap berries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins (such as vitamin C), and other beneficial compounds. They are considered a healthy addition to the diet.
These berries are quite a bit easier to grow compared to blueberries and have been time-tested to grow in Montana for the last 10 years. In Montana, you can find these berries in the Flathead, the Hamelton area, over by Helena and even Bozeman and Billings. These berries can ripen from June – July, depending on variety.
We offer these berries fresh during the season as well as frozen throughout the year as supplies last.