Haskap berries AKA Honey Berries are increasing in popularity in Montana. These berries have origins from Russia and Japan. Canada has 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”.
These berries are used for fresh eating or jams, jellies deserts and even wines. These berries are quite a bit easier to grow compared to blueberries and have been tested to grow in Montana for the last 10 years. In Montana, you can find these berries in the Flathead, the Hamelton are, over by Helena and even Bozeman and Billings. These berries can ripen from June – July, depending on variety. Make sure to give these plants room to grow, about 4 feet square or more depending on the variety.