Why Grow Haskap?

Haskap berries are gaining recognition in the North American market after being celebrated for generations as “the elixir of life” by Japanese Ainu aborigines. Beyond the nutritional benefits and appealing taste to consumers, Haskap present many advantages to growers at any scale. Phytocultures’ varieties and breeding efforts in particular intend to maximize the beneficial properties and production efficiencies, including superior hardiness, yield, taste, ease of harvest, and growth performance.

Haskap berries:

  • Are widely adaptable to all soil types, tolerant of pH levels from 4.5 to 8.5, extremely cold hardy and frost tolerant, pest and disease resistant, suited to organic production, and very easy to grow. Frost-tolerant flowers are ideal for native pollinators.
  • Are one of the first spring fruits available to market, ripening early- to mid-June.
  • Offer economic advantages as a sister crop for other berries that will extend growing seasons and diversify production while maximizing existing infrastructure, labour, and equipment. Have comparable planting, fertility, and pruning requirements to highbush blueberries.
  • Offer huge market potential as a superfruit with many opportunities for value-adding in both culinary and medicinal industries, including wine, juice, preserves, powders, drying, freezing, food dye, and much more.
  • Have exceptional nutritional properties – including higher antioxidant content than blueberries – that appeal to today’s consumers as well as producers, manufacturers, and distributors. They cater to today’s evolving customers seeking antioxidant rich, tasty, versatile berries that can be enjoyed fresh, frozen, or processed.

Rapid Foliage Development:

These plants develop foliage and flowers rapidly in the spring, when conditions are favourable.  The following two photos of a Haskap plant were taken 10 days apart.

Haskap plants are first plants to develop leaves and flowers as spring develops.  Highly tolerant of spring frosts for both leaves and flowers green tips are usually evident before winter snows have completely dissappeared.

The interesting point from these photos would be rapid foliage development.  Greenhouse managers and nurses managers would need to know this information as a rapid green flush of growth would necessitate shipping and management practices specifically for HASKAP.


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Nutritional Benefits of Camerise Berries

Nutritional Benefits

Though relatively new to North America, these unique berries have long been celebrated in Japan and Russia.Noted for their remarkable taste, nutritional value, and therapeutic properties, Haskap offer incredible health benefits that will undoubtedly capture the attention of North American consumers.

Haskap berries contain higher levels of total phenolics than wild lowbush blueberries and Saskatoon berries. In addition to their extremely high antioxidant capacity (exceeding blueberries), Haskap are very high in Vitamin C and contain high levels of potassium, Vitamin A and dietary fibre. Research continues into the beneficial components of these super berries and suggests that Haskap possess anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, provide cardiovascular benefits, and may even maintain cancer-fighting properties.

Haskap Berries Can Tame Swelling

Haskap berries are known for their defense versus persistent diseases. Swelling is the underlying cause for several chronic conditions. Recent study has shown that haskap berry polyphenols have the ability to serve as an efficient swelling inhibitor. Pro-inflammatory cells damage chaos on the body by annoying as well as causing swelling to major organs and also cells. Swelling additionally prevents enzymes from carrying out their message-delivering duties. This might eventually create the organ or tissue to stop operating entirely.

A Superfood Bursting with Antioxidants

Haskap berries have as long as three times the amount of antioxidants as a blueberry, making it a nutrient-packed superfood. Antioxidants combat totally free radicals (poor cells), in our body by binding to them and eliminating their hydrogen bond. Once this hydrogen bond is gotten rid of, these poor cells have the potential to end up being cost-free radicals themselves, which creates an alkaline or well balanced setting in which persistent illness can not flourish in.

Boost Hydration & Many Serious Health And Wellness Issues

They are believed to be advantageous in dealing with persistent conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Rheumatoid joint inflammation, and also cataracts. Anti-oxidants are also essential to digestive health as they advertise a healthy body immune system as well as the growth of great germs.

Haskap berries are likewise high in potassium, which is required to construct healthy protein as well as muscle mass, metabolize carbohydrates, as well as maintain normal body growth. Potassium, in addition to the help of salt, assists to stabilize liquid as well as electrolyte levels in the body, which is important for hydration.

Furthermore, haskap berries have one of the highest levels of anthocyanin of all fruit. Anthocyanin is the pigment normally discovered in the skin of fruits or veggies that offer it shade. It belongs to the phytochemical family members as well as is high in antioxidants. Studies have actually shown that anthocyanin has had the ability to minimize cancer cells from spreading out as well as preventing the formation of lumps. our truth.

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Growers Guide

Growers Guide

The following information offers an introduction to the planning, planting, management, and harvesting of your Haskap crop, whether for a commercial scale operation or a home garden.

Growing Regions

With many cultivars originating from Russia and Japan, these deciduous shrubs are regionally suited to throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere. Due to their incredible frost tolerance and extreme hardiness, Haskap plants have the potential to thrive in most Canadian regions as well as the northern part of the United States. Specifically, they can grow in plant hardiness zones of 1a and warmer. It has been reported that shrubs can resist temperatures of -46°C and flowers can survive freezing temperatures of -3°C to -5°C.

Haskap cultivars developed by the University of Saskatchewan and undergoing breeding by Phytocultures are highly adapted to North American climates and soil types and are tolerant of high humidity conditions in the Maritimes. New varieties are currently under development to leverage their commercial potential. We have received positive reports from growers with plantations in various regions, including eastern Newfoundland and the southern region of James Bay in Northern Ontario.

We welcome you to contact us with any questions or for more information.

Phytocultures in is an active process of trialling new varieties and production management techniques on our test site location in Clyde River, P.E.I. We are sharing our observations and results to other growers interested in Haskap production. Results and production experiences may vary for other management practices and locations. If you have additional questions our team is happy to provide advice and support based on our own trials and research plots and in collaboration with our partners across North America.

Quick Facts:

  • Easy to grow and widely adaptable to all soil types, including clay and sand, and tolerate pH levels ranging from 4.5 to 8.5.
  • Grow in plant hardiness zones 1a and warmer and are extremely cold/winter hardy and frost tolerant (to -40°C!).
  • Varieties tailored to cold North American and Maritime climates with new varieties under development in Canada.
  • Flowers are ideal for native pollinators and are also frost tolerant.
  • One of the first spring fruits available to market, ripening early to mid June.
  • Offer economic advantages as a sister crop by diversifying and extending the berry season while optimizing infrastructure, labour, and equipment.
  • Naturally pest and disease resistant, have low fertility requirements, and highly suited to organic production.
  • Huge market potential as a superfruit with many opportunities for value-adding in culinary and medicinal industries.
  • Exceptional nutritional properties, including higher antioxidant content than blueberries.

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