Haskap berries can be substituted in almost any berry fruit recipe, especially blueberry recipes with some adjustments for sweetness levels. Haskap is a rich berry with lots of color and flavor that is especially good in dairy products. Haskap can also be used to make juice, tea, wine, candy and many other flavorful products.
We believe that given Haskap's rich color and flavour it can easily be adapted for both fruit and red table wine markets. Some tasters have even gone as far as to say the wine made from Haskap has a flavour comparable to grape wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. The other two wine styles that may develop are cassis and port.
Some of the experts that samples of Haskap Wine were sent to assumed it was a red wine made from grapes! Bob Bors.
Ironworks' Haskap Liqueur stocks sold out in 3 days.... that says something!
Haskap berry juice concentrate is marketed in Japan as a "Golden Remedy for Eternal Youth and Longevity" due to its recognized health properties. The vibrant colored juice can be used to color other products.
LaHave Forests, together with Terra Beata created some pure Haskap Juice using their traditional juicing methods. The pure juice produced was incredibly thick, with a rich flavor. The natural sugar content was a surprising 18 °Bx. With further sweetening the Brix factor was increased to 36°Bx, but it was generally acknowledged that this was not required.
Haskap berries can be dried using heat, at room temperature or even left to dry on the bushes. If they are dried using heat, they tend to go black, whereas ambient temperature drying (or drying using a desiccator) results in the retention of the blue colour and a slightly sweeter taste. They are perfect for combining in a trail mix pack or with other dried fruits.
Jam made from Haskaps are so intensely flavoured that a little goes a long way and many prefer to use it in a recipe than straight on toast
Haskaps are high in pectin, so do not need additional pectin for the recipe to set, in fact it needs to be boiled for significantly less time than a traditional jam.
Haskaps are fantastic fresh, with their tart/sweet taste they can be used as a dessert, garnish, on their own or combined with other fruits or nuts.