Pie is one of my absolute favorite desserts and I don’t usually stray far from my favorites apple and cherry, but I found a recipe for haskap pie filling that I would definitely have to try if I ever came across it. I always find that from picking or obtaining the berry yourself, it is always that much more satisfying when you have the finished product! LF Fairbanks
HASKAP PIE FILLING
Haskap berries have twice as much juice in them as any other berry! We have found that frozen berries works better for pie filling instead of the fresh berry. If you use the fresh berry they tend to continue to leak out juice after baked.
4 cups of frozen Haskap berries
1 ½ cups sugar
4 tbsp. cornstarch
¼ cup of strained juice.
- Place the frozen berries in a colander to thaw and drain overnight.
- Save the strained juice. One option is to mix the juice with sparkling water on ice with a sweetener of your choice for a refreshing drink.
- Place drained berries in a medium saucepan with the sugar
- Bring to a boil , then turn down to a simmer
- Add the cornstarch to the 1/4 c of juice
- Add this slowly to the berry/sugar mixture while it is simmering and stir to thicken
- Cool when thickened and pour into pre baked pie shell
2013. Haskap Recipes. Available online: Recipes. Accessed 19 Oct, 2016.
This article highlights the life of Maxine Thomson for her contribution to breeding of and popularizing the Haskap. She seems to be a rather amazing woman and this is a delight and an inspiration to read!
Martin, S. 2016. Sweet Success. Available Online: Maxine Accessed 17 Oct 2016.
Here is a link to a journal article comparing native and non-native pollinators of Haskap. They concluded that native bumble bees (compared to orchard bees and honey bees) have the highest pollen deposition per visit, visited the most flowers in a given period of time and could fly at the coldest temperatures, making them the most suited for successful pollination at least in cooler springs. Another interesting thing to note is Figure 1c in the paper. It shows a fruit in which the bracteoles have not fused around the two ovaries of the paired flowers. I find this interesting because I observed several fruits shaped like this and wondered what caused it. Understanding the biology of the flower, the formation makes more sense! KD Fairbanks
Frier, S.D, C.M. Somers and C.S. Sheffield. 2016. Comparing the performance of native and managed pollinators of Haskap (Lonicera caerulea: Caprifoliaceae), an emerging fruit crop. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 219:42-48.
Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable. 2014. Planting Honey (Haskap) Berries in the Alberta Urban Garden. Available Online: Haskaps This is a video of planting, adjustment and winter care instructions for planting the Haskap in your own garden! Worth the watch and very informative.
Maxine Thompson has introduced several haskap cultivars over the years, and ‘Taka’ is the latest.
New Plant Patent
I first read this thesis and laughed hysterically at the thought of developing an “oral delivery system for haskaps”. The author experimented with methods of optimum release and absorption of anthocyanins from haskaps. She developed “a theoretical physiologically-based, multi-compartmental pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model to describe the fate of anthocyanin”. Got that? So my myopic brain thought, “Here’s a novel oral delivery system– just eat the berries!” Right? After I stopped laughing, I read a little deeper and learned this article very seriously addresses haskaps as medicine. Think about a Type 1 diabetic who needs shots or a pump to deliver a measured amount of medicine throughout a 24-hour period. This research attempts to find out the best way to deliver measured amounts of anthocyanins from haskaps over long periods. I still prefer shoveling the berries into my mouth, but what would happen if you constantly bathed your cells in anthocyanins over hours, days, years? Interesting thought!
This research showed that bumble bees, Bombus terrestris were the most important pollinators of Lonicera cerulea, honey berry/haskap. Honey bees are good as a supplement but they don’t work in cold temperatures, and their efficiency is far less that the B.B.