|One of my second year honeberry bushes|
For best results, plant honeyberries in moist, well-draining soil. They like a pH of 5 to 8. For the largest berries, mulch well, using at least 2 and up to 4 inches or organic matter like leaves, straw, or bark. No pruning is necessary, except to remove dead or broken branches, but some pruning after harvesting can encourage bigger berries the following year.
During the bush's first year, you may get a handful of fruit, but it usually takes 3 years for the bush to really start producing optimally. The berries should be picked when well ripe - they will be dark blue. If the berries taste tart, you're harvesting too soon.
It's very difficult to find nutritional information on honeyberries, but all sources touching on the topic claim it's a super food. The berries are high in vitamin C and
antioxidants, and may reduce blood pressure, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular disease.
* Despite the many similarities honeyberries have with blueberries, they are from different families. Honeyberries are in the honeysuckle family. Other names for honeyberries include haskap, blue-berried honeysuckle, blue honeysuckle, edible honeysuckle, and sweetberry honeysuckle.