Join us on a journey of exploration about this exciting berry!
Various groups around the world are focusing their attention on haskap berries. We are continuously looking to improve our knowledge base and commission our own research to find out how to deliver delicious and healthy products to our consumers. And we take science very seriously.
As part of our commitment to evidence-based research we host a symposium twice a year in Nova Scotia where local researchers can present their latest findings. The main research areas are looking at the chemical composition of the berries, product development with retention of bioactive compounds, and haskap health benefits.
Our latest research project will be looking at which wild bees and other insects are involved in haskap pollination, and how best to preserve their natural habitat and forage in our orchards.
We will keep sharing new and exciting research on everything haskap on this page.
Chmiel T, Abogado D, Wardencki W. (2014). Optimization of capillary isotachophoretic method for determination of major macroelements in blue honeysuckle berries (Lonicera caerulea L.) and related products. Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 406: 4965–4986
Jurikova T, Sochor J, Rop O, et al. (2012). Evaluation of polyphenolic profile and nutritional value of non-traditional fruit species in the Czech Republic—a comparative study. Molecules, 17: 8968–8981
Khattab R, Brooks MS, Ghanem A. (2015). Phenolic analyses of haskap berries (Lonicera caerulea L.): spectrophotometry versus high performance liquid chromatography. International Journal of Food Properties, 19: 1708–1725
Kusznierewicz B, Piekarska A, Mrugalska B, et al. (2012). Phenolic composition and antioxidant properties of Polish blue-berried honeysuckle genotypes by HPLC–DAD–MS, HPLC postcolumn derivatization with ABTS or FC, and TLC with DPPH visualization. J. Agric. Food Chem., 60: 1755–1763
Lefèvre I, Ziebel J, Guignard C, et al. (2011). Evaluation and comparison of nutritional quality and bioactive compounds of berry fruits from Lonicera caerulea, Ribes L. species and Rubusidaeus grown in Russia. J. Berry Res., 1: 159–167
Khattab R, Celli GB, Ghanem A, Brooks MS. (2015). Effect of thawing conditions on polyphenol content and antioxidant activity of frozen haskap berries (Lonicera caerulea L.). Curr. Nutr. Food Sci., 11: 223–230
Health benefits of haskap berries
Bonarska-Kujawa D, Pruchnik H, Cyboran S, et al. (2014). Biophysical mechanism of the protective effect of blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L. var. kamtschatica Sevast.) polyphenols extracts against lipid peroxidation of erythrocyte and lipid membranes. J. Membr. Biol., 247: 611–625
Heinrich J, Valentová K, Vacek J, et al. (2013). Metabolic profiling of phenolic acids and oxidative stress markers after consumption of Lonicera caerulea L. fruit. J. Agric. Food Chem., 61: 4526–4532
Jurgoński A, Juśkiewicz J, Zduńczyk Z. (2013). An anthocyanin-rich extract from Kamchatka honeysuckle increases enzymatic activity within the gut and ameliorates abnormal lipid and glucose metabolism in rats. Nutrition, 29: 898–902
Kula M, Majdan M, Radwańska A, et al. (2013). Chemical composition and biological activity of the fruits from Lonicera caerulea var. edulis ‘Wojtek’. Acad. J. Med. Plants, 1: 137–140
Raudsepp P, Anton D, Roasto M, et al. (2013). The antioxidative and antimicrobial properties of the blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L.), Siberian rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum L.) and some other plants, compared to ascorbic acid and sodium nitrite. Food Control, 31: 129–135
Svobodová RS, Galandáková A, Palíková I, et al. (2013). Effects of oral administration of Lonicera caerulea berries on UVB-induced damage in SKH-1 mice. A pilot study. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 12: 1830–1840
Wu S, He X, Wu X, et al. (2015). Inhibitory effects of blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L) on adjuvant-induced arthritis in rats: Crosstalk of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. J. Funct. Foods, 17: 514–523
Bees / Pollination
Frier SD, Somers CM, Sheffield CS. (2016). Comparing the performance of native and managed pollinators of Haskap (Lonicera caerulea: Caprifoliaceae), an emerging fruit crop. Agric Ecosyst Environ, 219: 42–48