Planting Honeyberries

I’m curious about the honeyberry plant, otherwise known as edible honeysuckle. I have never had the fruit, but once I do, there’s a good chance the plant will end up in my garden.
Originally from Siberia, Honeyberries produce a blueberry-like fruit. The berry is seedless, ripens early–even before strawberries come in–and apparently tastes like wild blueberries with a little bit of currant mixed in.
In addition to eating honeyberries fresh, people use them for pastries, jams, juice, wine, ice cream, yogurt, sauces, and candies. When frozen, the skin of the berry melts away, which makes them a good candidate for ice cream. They turn the ice cream bright purple-red because the juice has “10 to 15x more concentrated color than cranberry juice,” says Wikipedia.

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Honeyberries are hardy plants, especially if you live in a cold climate. Because it originally comes from Siberia, the honeyberry can withstand winter temperatures of -47 degrees Celsius. It’s blossoms can stand cold up to -7 degrees Celsius.
Unlike blueberries, honeyberries aren’t fussy about soil PH. They can be put in a variety of soils and can thrive in either sun or partial shade. Since they get 6-8 feet tall, they sound like they would be a great way to screen out the neighbors.
You can purchase a honeyberry plant for $19.95 here.
Have you grown honeyberries? Tell me about it.

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6 thoughts on “Planting Honeyberries”

  1. I have honeyberries in my yard. I love them! Like blueberries, but not. They have a sweet-tart taste to them, and can be substituted for blue berries in many recipes-they make a particularly nice jelly, IMO.
    I have 1 Polar Night and 1 Polar Jewel plant…in the 3 years since I’ve planted them, their berry production has increased ten-fold. I get 1/2 gallon from the smaller bush and nearly a gallon of berries from the larger bush…neither has gotten to their full height/spread yet. I am looking forward to that!
    The hardiness is what initially drew me to them, being in a Zone 2 area…fruit will be ready in late June-a full month earlier than most fruit-and even if we get a frost between now and then, the fruit will be fine. Last spring we had a frost as the flowers opened, and I didn’t lose anything. I love that!
    I also find the plants are just plain pretty, even after flowering and fruiting is done.

  2. After years of sucking huckleberry flowers for the nectar and eating the berries (I have an edible type) this is very interesting. I may have to plant a couple in my yard!

  3. Wolfsong, interesting! I am thinking of using them to screen the neighbors, as I mentioned. How big are your plants?

  4. The taller of the 2 bushes has reached 3 feet tall, and about that in spread. The shorter comes in at just under 2 1/2 feet tall. Once they fill out to full height/spread potential, they should be roughly 4 feet tall, with a 3 foot spread.
    At least, that’s what their tags say. 🙂

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