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.  We do not.

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 selections that have been developed since Maxine Thompson first brought her original plants to the USA in the 1990’s.

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 selections only.