All About the Haskap...
Haskap is a deciduous shrub reaching 1 – 2 m tall, which produces dark blue to almost purple oblong berries approximately 1 cm in length.
Unlike blueberries, Haskap berries' flesh is also purple, making it 5 times more potent in polyphenols than blueberries. With a fruity tangy zing, the flavor profile is a blend of raspberry, blueberry, and black currant.
With a long-standing history of medicinal use in Japan, current research across Canada is finding Nutraceutical test results that prove Haskap is one of the healthiest fruits and plants, in the world.
The Haskap is a member of the Honeysuckle family and was first introduced in Canada around 1967
Haskap is sometimes known as 'Edible Blue Honeysuckle', ‘Honeyberry’ and 'Sweetberry'
Haskap berry juice concentrate is marketed in Japan as a “Golden Remedy for Eternal Youth and Longevity” due to its recognized health properties
Haskap is a great source of antioxidants and other flavonoids such as:
Quercetin and many others which promote heart and liver health, fighting inflammation, cancer and other diseases.
The Haskap berry is dark violet in colour with an intense crimson flesh and has very small, almost imperceptible seeds.
The juice of the berry colours almost anything it is combined with to a dark burgundy.
Haskap fruit has numerous health benefits, with vitamin C content ranging from 50mg-100mg/100g of the berries, which is more than oranges.
One of the most exciting findings of Haskap berries is it has the highest Anthocyanin content of any fruit. Laboratory analysis also shows it's high in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and potassium.
ORAC value is a testable measurement of antioxidant quality of a product. Haskap tests were very high in ORAC value. ORAC measurement specifically assesses Haskap to have:
• Overall Total ORAC Value - 13400 mmol TE/100gms
• Specific Total Phenolics – 1014mg/100gms
• Specific Total Anthocyanins – 949mg/100gms
• Specific Total Bioflavonoid – 887mg/100mg
Haskap also contains the minerals:
Because of its high concentration of antioxidants, Haskap can be used for many conditions and prevention of disease.
It's most commonly used for cardiovascular disease and prevention, lowering blood pressure, relieving gastrointestinal disturbances, cancer prevention, anti-ageing and vision.