nomenclature

IMG_5271t_1Lonicera caerulea, haskap, honeyberries, edible blue honeysuckle. Since 2006 we have met many people who have used all of these terms interchangeably.

For the purposes of this blog both terms, edible blue honeysuckles and Lonicera caerulea, will be used interchangeably and refers to all plants in this genus and species including honeyberries and haskap. The more particular terms – honeyberries and haskap – will refer to the respective groupings of corresponding varieties that have been developed over the past 20 years.

As of the date of this posting the only varieties of haskap that are currently commercially available on the market include: Borealis, Tundra, Indigo Gem, Indigo Yum, Indigo Treat, Honeybee, Aurora, Boreal Beast, Boreal Beauty, and Boreal Blizzard. When you see the term haskap, I am referring to these varieties only.