This is a new and old plant that has been around in the wild of northern climates. That’s why it does so well in Temiskaming. It has been found in the wild of every province in Canada, except for British Columbia. The fruit program at the University of Saskatchewan has bred different varieties taken from plants in Japan and Russia. It’s taken close to twenty years to get good edible berries. We now have Haskap varieties that are sweeter, juicier and easier to pick. Right here in north!
Cherries that can grow in Northern Ontario are from the Dwarf Sour Cherry family. The University of Saskatchewan’s fruit program has also bred a Romance Series of cherries. The orchard has three varieties: Juliet, Valentine and Cupid. They are certainly not a new fruit, but growing them in the north certainly is.
Talk about farm-to-table! Our Verger U-Pick allows customers to harvest their own basket of Haskaps from our 25-acre orchard, located in New Liskeard, Ontario. And we are happy to confirm what we always knew. Northerners are just the best and most adventurous people in the world. Most of you had never heard of Haskaps, and you certainly had never tasted them. Yet, you came to the orchard and picked baskets upon baskets of them. You tried the recipes we presented and you came back for more! We can’t wait to see you next year!