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GARDENING TIPS: Haskaps, mysterious new Alaskan fruit

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Published: Aug. 10, 2018 at 9:23 PM AKDT
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THE INTERIOR HAS A VARIETY OF BERRIES THAT OFFER A BOUNTY OF FLAVORS.

TONIGHT ON OUR GARDENING TIPS SEGMENT, WE INTRODUCE YOU TO A BERRY YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH.

OH HI YOU CAUGHT ME. I'M OUT IN THE YARD HARVESTING HONEY BERRIES.

THIS IS A RELATIVELY NEW FRUIT THAT IS REALLY TASTY. THEY LOOK LIKE BLUE BERRIES, BUT THEY'RE NOT RELATED TO BLUE BERRIES AT ALL. IT'S A BIG BUSH AS YOU CAN SEE AND IS GREAT FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WANT TO INCLUDE SHRUBS IN YOUR YARD THAT YOU CAN EAT THE FRUIT FROM. SO GE A DUAL PURPOSE SHRUB.

THESE BERRIES HAVE BEEN HYBRIDIZED, AND SOME OF THE CULTIVARS THAT YOU CAN GROW, HAVE MUCH BIGGER FRUIT. SO THIS IS MY WHOLE CROP AT THE HOUSE, MY PANTS ARE ONLY ABOUT 18 INCHES TALL, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE SIZE OF THE BERRIES.

SO YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE THE SHRUBS FROM LOCAL GREEN HOUSES AND NURSERIES. BUT YOU NEED TWO DIFFERENT VARIETIES IN ORDER TO GET THE FRUIT TO SET.

I ALSO WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU COULD PURCHASE THESE AT SPECIALTY MARKETS AND THIS IS REALLY EXCITING TO ME BECAUSE IT'S A NEW FRUIT TO ALASKA.

THE JAPANESE CALL THEM HASKAP AND THAT'S HOW MOST OF THE WORLD IS CALLING THEM "HASKAP".

THEY'RE A BLUE HONEY SUCKLE THAT WE STARTED CALLING "HONEY" BERRIES TEN YEARS AGO, BUT "HASKAP" IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO CALL THEM.

JOIN ME NEXT WEEK WHEN WE TALK MORE ABOUT GARDENING IN AUGUST.

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