A Berry That Violet Beauregarde Would Have Loved

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Have you ever heard of the haskap berry? Looking at it here, I can’t help but think that my favorite gum-smacking whippersnapper from Willy Wonka would have loved this chiclet-shaped purple berry. If it tastes even half as magical as a snozberry, then I have to find some to try!

The haskap plant is a relative of the honeysuckle, and while the berries definitely look like cousins to the blueberry, they’re actually more closely related to tomatoes. The plant is native to Asia and Eastern Europe, but is now being grown commercially in Japan, Canada, and parts of the Pacific Northwest. 

The dusky blue skin on those berries hide crimson flesh underneath. They reportedly taste sweet and a bit tart, like a cross between a blueberry and a raspberry. These fruits are also packed with vitamin C and a healthy dose of antioxidants.

Use these berries in all the vast and wonderful ways that you use any summer fruit: baked into pies, turned into jam, eaten with granola and milk, folded into muffins — you get the idea! An ice cream or sorbet made with richly-colored haskap berries would be a sight to behold.

Have you ever come across these berries? How would you describe their flavor?

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