Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five Things to Know about the Haskap Berry

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five Things to Know about the Haskap Berry

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Five things to know about the haskap berry

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Here are five things to know about the haskap berry:

WHERE ARE THEY FROM: Dark blue haskap berries are native to Russia and northern Japan and are found in the wild in Canada. Because they grow on the edge of swamps during mosquito season, they are not well known in this country, says Bob Bors, head of the fruit program at the University of Saskatchewan.

EATING AND DRINKING: The taste is sweet with a hint of tartness and reminiscent of raspberries, blueberries and grapes. Try them fresh or in sauces to spoon into yogurt or over ice cream. They are also being made into juice, wine, liqueur, condiments and jams.

CANADIAN COLLECTION: Bors is known as "the father of the haskap" in Canada. He bred sweetness from haskaps grown in the Kuril Islands and width from fat, round berries from Hokkaido, along with length from long, skinny Russian berries. …

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