Haskap Berry Day, also known as Blue Honeysuckle Day
Haskap Berry Day is a day set aside to celebrate the haskap berry! This delicious berry is a relative of the blueberry and is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It's a great choice for a healthy snack or breakfast!
All About the Haskap Berry
The haskap berry is an edible blue honeysuckle, native to northern hemisphere countries including Canada, Japan and Russia, with the botanical name Lonicera caerulea. Haskap plants are also known by other names, including honeyberry, blue honeysuckle and sweet berry honeysuckle.
Haskap berries grow on deciduous leafy bushes which have an amazing ability to survive hostile, freezing northern winters. The berries are dark blue, and look almost like an elongated or oval blueberry.
The haskap was named by the indigenous Ainu people of northern Japan who knew it as the berry of long life and good eyesight. Haskap berries are a good source of antioxidants, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. They are also high in vitamins C and E, as well as other nutrients.
The berries are delicious with a distinctive blend of tangy and sweet, often used in jams, jellies, and other preserves.
How to Celebrate Haskap Berry Day
If you're looking to celebrate Haskap Berry Day, why not try out a new recipe? Here are some great ideas:
-Haskap berry muffins
-Haskap berry smoothie
-Haskap berry salad
-Haskap berry jam
Whatever you do, make sure to enjoy some delicious haskap berries and share your experience with others on this special day!