Blue honeysuckle berries lowdown
We all like to get as many vitamins and antioxidants from our food as possible these days, so it’s always exciting to find a new superfood to try. And soon the buzz words on everyone’s lips are going to be blue honeysuckle berries. This superfruit has been found by Canadian scientists to contain twice as many nutrients as other berries. A small handful reportedly contains 60 per cent of a person’s recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, as well as high levels of Vitamin A and calcium. The researchers also believe the honeysuckle berries to have three times as much iron as a blueberry per 100 grams.
Taste-wise, the berries are said to be a ‘tangy’ cross between a blueberry and a raspberry, which are fruits we’re already encouraged to eat a lot of thanks to their antioxidant properties.
Meanwhile The Royal Horticultural Society described the berry as "an edible form of the honeysuckle". They also suggest that it can be eaten raw or used in jams and jellies.
“This berry is native to Japan and Siberia and grows very well in the UK due to cold winters and rainy spring weather,” said soft fruit marketer CPM’s commercial director Begnat Robichaud. “This is a really exciting development for the berry industry in the UK, firstly for the berry’s health qualities, and secondly, it looks and tastes different to the current [fruit on] offer.”
Blue honeysuckle can currently be found in Japan and Siberia, but CPM has helped introduce it to the UK, with the fruit currently being grown in Hampshire, Somerset and Scotland, by farmers who usually cultivate strawberries. Supplies will reportedly be enhanced by Polish producers.
However the blue honeysuckle berries will only be available for a three-four week period even when they can be purchased in supermarkets, because they only have a short growing season, a bit like blackberries.
Plans are to have the berries in supermarkets by the summer of 2016.