Honeyberries

About Honeyberries

Honeyberries originated in Eastern Siberia, making them very cold hardy (down to zone 2!) and tolerant of a wide variety of soil types and pH levels. Known as haskap in Japan and zhimolost (or blue honeysuckle) in Russia, honeyberries are a member of the honeysuckle family, but lack the invasive qualities of their relatives.

Flowering in early in the spring, honeyberries attract many native pollinators to their small, white, fragrant flowers. Their berries are elongated blueberry-like fruit that ripens close to strawberries in June, with a unique flavor which has been compared to blueberries, raspberries, juneberries, and blackcurrants. They are great for fresh eating, jams and jellies. The tender skins of honeyberries are known to "disintegrate" when eaten, making them wonderful in yogurt, ice cream, and smoothies. Try freezing them for a special, melt-in-your-mouth treat to be enjoyed any time of year.  

Since they are early fruiting, the birds love them! 

Because honeyberries need several varieties planted for cross pollination, we have planted a wide range of varieties including Night Mist, Borealis, Tundra, Midnight Blue, Blue Forrest, Berry Blue, Blue Bird, Blue Belle, and Berry Blue. In spring 2014, we added two additional varieties - Cinderella and Aurora - as pollinators for Borealis. Cinderella plants were obtained from Alpine Nursery in Houston, MN, and Aurora was sourced from Honeyberry USA. Additional varieties were purchased from Rolling River Nursery of California, and other plants were locally sourced.