Taste the Haskap Difference
Welcome! We would like to introduce you to a new wonderfully tasting berry, called the Haskap Berry (Lonicera caerulea L.). It has been treasured and loved in Russia and Asia for centuries.
Who are we?
Lahave was founded by a group of like minded friends, with a shared passion for berries. These pioneers came together through a shared vision of finding the tastiest and healthiest berry to be grown naturally in Nova Scotia and in other exciting corners of the globe.
In 2010, the quest to find this berry was complete with the discovery, of the fabulous tasting Haskap berry, from Japan and Russia. If you are interested in seeing us nearly in the flesh. Please click here to see our youtube video of us hard at work or our latest CBC interview: World's best new juice 2013: Our haskapa juice.
Our Pride and Joy
We decided the only way to ensure absolute 'Haskap Quality' was to plant and farm our own land. Today we have over 40 acres of natural Haskap orchards, with another 20 acres planned for this year.
Our New haskapa Web Site
Please visit our new sister site 'Taste the haskapa Difference!'. We hope you like our new family of haskapa goodies and intend to bring the first and tastiest Haskap juice to the North American and British markets this year under our unique haskapa brand.
What is a Haskap berry?
This natural fruit, a member of the honeysuckle family, was first introduced in Canada around 1967, and is also known as 'edible blue honeysuckle' and 'honeyberry'. The 'Haskap' varieties originate from the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was named by the indigenous Ainu people and means "Little present at the end of the branch'. The Russians sent their “Zhimolost” berries into space as a special drink for their astronauts and named it "King of Drinks." The Haskap berry (Lonicera caerulea L.) is a wonderfully different tasting, healthy and nutritious berry. This marvellous little Blue present is earliest berry to fruit in the season, usually in mid to late June – a week or so earlier than strawberries.
Is the Haskap berry healthy?
Reasearch carried out by Kirsten Larson in 2009 (Sunofi-Adventis Biotalent Challenege) Haskap: An Introduction to the Fruit, Its Health Benefits, and Marketing Possibilities. States haskap berries are high in anthocyanins, vitamin C, phenolic compounds and other antioxidants (three times the antioxidant levels of wild blueberries). Traditional Japanese and Russian folk medicine believed Haskaps could be used to reduce blood pressure and relieve gastrointestinal disorders. The berries also contain traces of selenium, the element believed to restore 'Youth.'
We believe that given its unique taste and near endless uses. The future is very bright for this new 'Blue Berry'. It is our quest at LaHave to bring you the healthiest and most naturally grown plants and berries you can find.
We look forward to welcoming you soon at LaHave Natural Farms.