For over 80 years, the University of
Saskatchewan Fruit Program in the
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
has been breeding cold hardy fruits for
the Canadian landscape. Apple, pear,
strawberry, raspberry, plum, grape and
sour cherry varieties developed at the
U of S are now staples in gardens and
orchards across the country.
New fruit varieties are being
introduced all the time, including
the delicious haskap.
The haskap, or blue honeysuckle, is a
large berry similar to a blueberry or
Saskatoon berry, but with a taste that is
uniquely its own.
The first varieties of haskaps were
imported from Japan and Russia. The
breeding process has taken nearly
15 years to perfect and the result is a
hardy berry that will undoubtedly be
a popular choice with everyone from
large-scale orchards to home garden
enthusiasts across Canada.
Bob Bors, centre, head of the fruit program, College of Agriculture and Bioresources
with PhD student James Dawson and head technician Rick Sawatzky.