Hello from Haskapa, founded by husband and wife team Evie, a medical doctor, and Simon, a ‘green’ entrepreneur. We fell in love with the wonderful haskap berry back in 2010, and found a way to combine our passions of the environment, holistic health and ethical business by growing the berries in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Before long the expanding Haskapa team created a range of unique food products. Harnessing the haskap’s extraordinary taste and deep colour, we created a juice, crowned best in the world at the 2013 World Juice Awards (yes, there is such a thing!).
However, Evie felt that there was more to this berry than it’s distinct flavour, so at Haskapa, we set out to capture more of the haskap’s ‘purple power ‘- the berry’s unusually large amounts of naturally occurring anthocyanins.
After years of research and product development, a freeze-dried powder was created, retaining the high levels of the berry’s natural bioactive content. Haskapa’s signature powder product was launched in Canada in 2017 and is now being distributed in a growing number of countries. The powder is made using berries from our own farm and other carefully selected Canadian suppliers.
We are seeing the farming side of Haskapa growing enormously; from 25 acres on 3 test locations to a model 60 acres at our evocatively-named Lone Tree Farm. Under the expert guidance of Farmer Cynthia, techniques have been developed to create an environment where nature can thrive. A place where bees, soil health and ecological management combine with all-natural berry farming.
The nutritional content of the haskap berry has gained important interest. Significant investment in high level research studies investigating nutrition, health benefits and farming have been commissioned at top universities. To date, Evie has coordinated eight multi-disciplinary Haskapa research symposia at Dalhousie University, for the broad benefit of the whole haskap industry.
At Haskapa, we are proud pioneers in taking the haskap berry to a wider world. We passionately believe that a healthy diet that includes purple anthocyanins, is a key factor in maintaining lifelong health and wellbeing. The humble haskap berry has that purple power in abundance. Oh, and it tastes amazing too!