The haskap berry (botanical name Lonicera caerulea) is an edible blue honeysuckle native to northern hemisphere countries including Canada, Japan and Russia. Haskap berries grow on deciduous leafy bushes which have an amazing ability to survive hostile, freezing northern winters.
Haskap berries are oval-rectangular in shape, looking a little like elongated blueberries. They have a dark purple-blue double skin, vibrant crimson flesh and tiny, almost undetectable seeds.
Haskap berries are uniquely delicious and are described as a blend of tangy and sweet. Their distinctive taste enhances many foods and we've captured that incredible flavour in our Freeze-Dried Powder. You can sprinkle the powder over fruit, mix into yoghurt or use in new recipes such as our Haskapa Californian frozen fruit bowl.
Haskap berries are high in anthocyanins, which are naturally occurring plant pigments that give fruit and vegetables their deep purple, blue and red colours. It is these properties that are associated with their health promoting effects.
Haskap berries contain up to eight times more anthocyanins and up to three times more antioxidants than blueberries. It's no surprise that haskaps are considered the new wonderberries!
Haskapa (yes, we just added an 'a' to 'haskap') is the brainchild of a husband and wife team: Simon, a green entrepreneur, and Evie, a medical doctor. In 2010 they discovered a way to combine their two passions – the environment and holistic health promotion - by growing haskap berries in Nova Scotia and researching their nutritional potential.
We wanted to create a product that would capture haskap’s unique nutritional content and be available to enjoy throughout the year. Freeze-drying retains the berry's high levels of anthocyanins and other phytochemicals. The naturally strong berry colour and delicious, tangy-sweet flavour will give your food an anthocyanin 'purple power' daily boost.
Haskapa Berry Powder is incredibly versatile and tastes great. Use as you would other fruit or berry powders - simply a teaspoon in your smoothie, shake, or stirred into breakfast cereal, porridge or yogurt. Haskap berry powder is brilliant in baking and desserts - adding natural colour and a unique delicious taste. We also love this superberry powder in our Californian Frozen Haskapa Berry Bowl. One teaspoon is equivalent to eating a handful of berries. We recommend one or two teaspoons per serving per day which contains around 40-80mg anthocyanins.
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Each 100g pouch contains around 1,000 pure freeze dried powdered haskap berries and nothing else.
One teaspoon is equivalent to a handful of berries. We recommend one or two teaspoons per serving per day which contains around 40-80mg anthocyanins.
Scientists have been promoting the health benefits of berries for many years and we believe haskap is a very special wonderberry. Many of the benefits are due to compounds called anthocyanins found in berries.
Research suggests that eating a diet rich in anthocyanins may be associated with reducing the risk of many chronic diseases including high blood pressure, heart attacks, non-insulin dependent diabetes, and even erectile dysfunction. One of their main effects is dilation of blood vessels with an associated increase in blood flow and oxygen delivery to cells.
Scientists from Reading University recently published a ground breaking clinical study looking at the acute effects of three haskap berry doses or placebo in older adults*. The results showed improvements in memory (word recall and recognition) and lower diastolic blood pressure, with higher haskap doses being more effective. The positive blood pressure result was probably caused by dilation of blood vessels, as observed in previous anthocyanin studies.
Haskapa are continuing to work with scientists around the world to research the potential positive effects of haskap berries.
*Bell, L. & Williams, C.M. Eur J Nutr (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-018-1877-9
Haskapa Freeze Dried Powder is made from 100% natural berries with no added sugars, sweeteners, colours or preservatives. It is wheat-free (does not naturally contain gluten), vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free.
Unless you have a known berry allergy, it is safe to eat the recommended daily serving as part of a balanced diet.
If you are pregnant or taking medication, please check with your doctor first.
It is important to seal the bag carefully after each use and then store the powder in a cool, dark, dry place.
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