Haskap berry is a superfruit with high polyphenolic content, especially anthocyanins, compounds which are known for their health benefits. We grow haskap in organic way, as we believe that such a treasure can only be grown in a natural way, without any chemical agents. This way we deliver you healthy fruits cultivated in healthy environment. Scroll down to find out more about our orchard, haskap and our offer.Find out more
We set up our orchard at Kujawy, in central Poland, far from industrial areas and highways. This is one of the sunniest regions of our country, with an average annual temperature app. 8°C higher than the average for Poland. A large postglacial lake at a distance of several hundred metres, as well as surrounding woods and fields creates a specific microclimate.
We use only natural fertilizers in our cultivation, remove weeds mechanically, and aim to use natural allies or herbs to fighting any diseases.
Organic food has been regarded as healthier for years. The latest large studies prove that fruits coming from ecologically cultivated plants contain up to 60% more bioactive compounds, specifically antioxidants, than those cultivated in a non-organic way. This is why it is worth including them in our every day diet.
Source: Barański M, Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literaturę review and meta-analyses, British Journal of Nutrition, 2014
Haskap is a fruit bush originating from Kamchatka, and is also known as blue berry honey suckle (Lonicera caerulea). It has been highly regarded for its pro-health properties in Japan for decades, cultivated in Canada for 10 years and on an industrial scale in Poland for a few years. The bushes, thanks to their origin, are resistant to varying and challenging climate conditions, and cope especially well with spring frost. They are long-life plants, even living up to 40 years and still giving fruits. In the language of the Ainu people, haskap was called a berry of long life and good sight.
Haskap starts vegetation very early, even in March. By April it is blooming in full, with white, long flowers collected in bunches, from which fruits develope at the end of May and beginning of June. The harvest takes about 2 weeks. Berries are longitudinal, oval, blue with velvet skin, and have a very rich sweet and sour flavour combining notes of blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry. This is an unusual fusion unprecedented in other fruits.
The berries in their fresh state have the best taste, but making juice or jam allows them to be enjoyed for longer, or they can be frozen and used for making delicious milk-based smoothies or cocktails for a whole year.
Curiosity: In Japanese flowers language blue honeysuckle means "declaration of love" as its flowers always grow in pairs and both have to be pollinated to get a single fruit. Therefore in abundancy of flowers only half will turn into fruits. Crystallization of love, fulfillment is as much difficult for humans as for honeysuckle.
We have several cultivars, Polish, Russian, industrial and experimental on our plantation. These are biofactories of bioactive compounds having pro-health properties, that are contained not only in berries, but also leaves and flowers.
Haskap fruits are very rich in bioactive compounds, polyphenols such us: anthocyanins -majority cyanidin-3-O-glucoside, phenolic acids - majority chlorogenic acid, flavonols and flavons -majority luteolin, quercetin, and catechins. In spite of this, iridoids, very rarely present in fruits, have also been recently found in the berries.
They are a source of vitamin C, provitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, B9, P and minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium.
The most valuable bioactive substances that are contained in berries are polyphenolics, more specifically anthocyanins – a pigment that gives them their black colour. The anthocyanins content in haskap fruits is several times higher than in vegetables or well-known fruits and reaches in Polish cultivars from 1240 to 3510 mg on 100 g of fresh berries.
Source: S. Lachowicz, Prozdrowotne właściwości jagody kamczackiej
M.Krauze-Baranowska, Jagoda kamczacka – roślina lecznicza Syberii i Dalekiego Wschodu
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Many studies prove that anthocyanins have a much higher antioxidant potential than more well‑known reference antioxidants such us vit. E, β‑karoten or vit. C. Their free radicals removal activity is much potentiated by accompanying iridoids.
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The consumption of food rich in anthocyanins is connected with a lower mortality rate from civilization diseases.
Source: Clifford M.N.: Anthocyanins - nature, occurrence and dietary burden. J. Sci. Food Agric., 2000; 80: 1063-1072
Those compounds act as an antiatherogenic, lower oxidative stress, remove free radicals and mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy.
Source: Grajek W.: 2004. Rola przeciwutleniaczy w zmniejszaniu ryzyka wystąpienia nowotworów i chorób układu krążenia. Żywność. Nauka. Technologia. Jakość, 1 (38), 3-11.; Piasek A.: 2010.Badanie zmian składu fitokompleksu i właściwości przeciwutleniających owoców aronii czarnoowocowej (Aronia melanocarpa (Michx.) Elliott) i wiciokrzewu sinego (Lonicera caerulea L.) pod wpływem przetwarzania. Rozprawa doktorska, Gdańsk, 6–40; Szot I., Lipa T., Sosnowska B.: 2014. Jagoda kamczacka – właściwości prozdrowotne owoców i możliwości ich zastosowania. Żywność. Nauka. Technologia. Jakość, 4 (95), 18 – 29; 14, 22.
In the language of the Ainu people, haskap was called a berry of long life and good sight, because the substances it contains have positive effect on visual acuity, vision after dark and light inflamation of the eye.
Fruits and flowers have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and their infusions are used for pharyngitis treatment in Russia.
Therefore the food products made of haskap fruits can be classified as nutraceticals: are not a medicine, but given oraly are a source of bioactive compounds that have health benefits. Lonicera caerulea (blue honeysuckle, haskap) is on the Canadian Health Ministry list of Natural Health Products as a new berry crop with high antioxidant capacity.
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