Honeyberry

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This is my Honeyberry, I bought it two years ago from a shop that was selling it off cheap. I felt so sorry for it I had to buy her and bring her home, (this happens to me a lot).

Honeyberry are actually a form of edible honeysuckle ‘Lonicera caerulea’ some people call them blue honeysuckle or edible honeysuckle. They originally come from Siberia, Northern China and Northern Japan. Like blueberries they are extremely high in antioxidants and vitamin C, but unlike blueberries they aren’t picky about their soil and will grow quite happily in most soil types. The berries make good jam or can be eaten fresh.

So far I have to say ‘she’ is a ‘tough old boot’. Last year whilst we were having work done on our house, the boys threw a load of top soil right on top of her in the raised bed. I didn’t fancy her chances, I thought she was gone. I finally found her whilst digging around with my hands carefully feeling for branches, which I gently brought to the surface as best as I could. Needless to say last year she didn’t do much of anything, a few leaves and certainly no flowers. But today whilst I was checking around the plot I spotted she was blooming away, Result!

I am painfully aware she doesn’t have another mate to pollinate with, maybe I will find another one another day, but for now I thought I would see if I could hand pollinate and just maybe this will fertilise the flowers. I have no clue on earth if this will work. But it’s a worthy experiment whilst I keep looking for another one to put nearby.

So in the spirit of experimental allotmenting I took my little paint brush and tickled all the flowers. Just maybe this will do the trick… Time will tell
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15 responses to “Honeyberry

  1. I also buy plants that look forlorn. Last year it was a choke berry. It had fruit on and nothing else. Now it’s looking good and the fruit was delicious!

  2. I love experimenting in the garden 🙂 This looks very interesting. I’ll be waiting for updates of this 🙂

  3. I see this one in the catalogs and wonder if the flavor is good. How do they compare in flavor to a blueberry or on a “tasty to watery” scale?

  4. Ha, I’m always picking up the waifs and strays too. I’d love to see a bigger photograph of this. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it as a plant.

  5. We’ve just purchased our first blackcurrant bush so will definitely look at doing this at some point!

  6. Reblogged this on Ace Food News 2014 and commented:
    #AF&HN2014 – Just love your posts CJ Chef

  7. Thank you very much! Much love to you and keep up your fab work! Xxxx

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