World Honeyberry Orchards
Trying to calculate the number of planted acres of Honeyberry orchards or Haskap in the World is tough, given the lack of data in potentially its largest commercial market Russia. However, one thing is for sure there are many more acres of Global Blueberries under cultivation than Honeyberries. The expected figure is there are about 250,000 acres of Blueberries, which has increased dramatically since 2005. When the figure was at around 100,000 acres.
Blueberries may still have a long way to go until they surpass table grape volume sales, but they are much closer to catching up with strawberries and cherries. Six times more strawberries than blueberries were sold in 2013, and double the number of cherries. However, blueberries have the edge on both – a superior shelf life to strawberries and they trump cherries when it comes to all-year-round supply.
Young Honeyberry Orchard
World Production of Honeyberries?
Since the 1950’s Honeyberry has gained popularity in Russia as a garden plant, with the release of new cultivars. Many commercial plantations of 20 to 50 acres have been established primarily in western Siberia. Large quantities of these berries are harvested annually from both wild and orchard grown plants in Russia. Sadly there are no official estimates available, but production is primarily for the local and Russian market. However, we are going to guess at around 1,000 acres of older varieties.
In Hokkaido, Japan many berries are also collected from wild plants. Commercial orchards have expanded since the mid-1970’s. After the release of several new cultivars from their Agriculture Experiment Station. There are about 200 acres under cultivation in this region.
Plantings in Canada have increased dramatically over the past three years, again with the introduction of new highly productive varieties. There are about 1,200 acres planted across Canada, with about 75% (approximately 1,000 acres) planted in Quebec. There are no large commercial plantings of these newer varieties in the United States. However, we believe this will change dramatically in the coming years.
The largest acreage of Honeyberries in Europe is in Poland, and there are about 200 to 250 acres. Elsewhere there is growing demand. The next biggest country is the UK, with about 50 acres planted.
If we were are to total these best guestimate figures together, we get a global planted acreage of 3,200 acres – Russia 1,000 acres, Japan 400 acres, Canada 1,200, Poland 250 acres, UK 50 and other 300 acres. So that is only one percent of the current global Blueberry market.
Despite the doubling of planted acreage in more productive Honeyberries varieties over the last three years. Global commercial Honeyberry is still only a ‘David’ of one percent of the current global ‘Goliath’ Blueberry market. Over the next two decades, we believe this gap will narrow dramatically and one day the acreage of Honeyberries will surpass ‘Goliath’.
Honeyberry Orchards around the World
In this section, we list some examples of the many new and old beautiful Honeyberry orchards around the World.
Russian Honeyberry Orchards
Since the first Russian cultivars released in the 1950’s, Honeyberries have quickly gained the hearts and stomachs of the Russian people. Many Russian commercial orchards have been established and are on average 25 to 60 acres in size (10 to 25 hectares). They are found mostly in western Siberia. It is very frequent in this region to find three to 15 plants in farmer’s or home gardens.
It s believed that Russia is the largest producer of Honeyberries commercially with thousands of tons of harvested from both wild and commercial orchards in Russia. However, as is often the case with Russia no accurate estimates of the total harvest are available.
Orchard varieties below – Unknown
Standard Russian orchard varieties include – Bakczarskaja Jubilejnaja (Bakcharskaya Yubileynaya, Бакчарская Юбилейная), Bakczarskij Velikan (Bakcharsky Giant Бакчарский Великан), Docz ‘Velika (Giant’s Daughter, Дочь Великана) and Leningradskij Velikan (Ленинградский Великан). Please note the actual Russian long berry shape in the pictures below.
Vladivostok seasonal climatic patterns
Hokkaido Honeyberry Orchards
In Hokkaido, Japan many berries are still harvested from the wild. Several selections and one cultivar, ‘Yufutsu’, have been produced since the mid-1970s. There are about 200 acres (80 hectares) of Honeyberry or Haskap commercial orchards on the northern island of Hokkaido.
Hokkaido seasonal climatic patterns
Polish Honeyberry Orchards
Polish commercial orchards are on average 5 to 10 acres in size (2.5 to 4 hectares) and are found mostly in eastern Poland around Poznan or to the south, around Krakow. Poland is well-respected for its expertise in growing berries – Blackcurrants in particular.
It is not surprising that they have been very enthusiastic taking to Honeyberries or Jagoda Kamkamczacka. Over the last three years, about 100 to 200 acres (40 to 80 hectares) of new orchards have been established.
Orchard varieties below – Wojtek and Jolanta.
Typical Polish orchard varieties include – Wojtek, Jolanta, Ruben, Tola, Zojka, Iga and Rebeka.
We would encourage you to visit the website of one of the best examples of a Honeyberry Orchard in Europe, operated by Marek and Elizabeth Burmistrz. The site includes many fabulous pictures of their mature Honeyberry orchard, planted in 2001. Please click the image below to visit this inspiring site and Honeyberry-orchard.
Poznan seasonal climatic patterns
Scottish Honeyberry Orchards
UK commercial orchards are on average 5 to 10 acres in size (2.5 to 4 hectares) and are found mostly in Scotland or on the south coast of England.
Scotland, in particular, is well respected as having a great terroir for growing berries and believe that it will become a primary centre for producing Honeyberries. There are currently about 60 acres (24 hectares) of orchards in the UK. This orchard was built on the team principals outlined on our website and in more detail in our Honeyberry guide.
Orchard varieties below – Aurora, Indigo Gem, Wojtek, Ruben and Happy Giant.
Standard UK orchard varieties include – Aurora, Berry Blue, Tundra, Indigo Gem, Wojtek, Ruben, Iga, Jolanta, Tola, Rebeka and Happy Giant.
Dundee seasonal climatic patterns
Nova Scotian Honeyberry Orchards
The commercial orchards are on average 5 to 10 acres in size (2.5 to 4 hectares) and are found dotted around the Provence. Interest in the berry is quickly gaining ground there, and several large orchards of 100-acre plus are being built. There are about currently 100 to 200 acres of existing Honeyberry orchards throughout Nova Scotia.
Orchard varieties below – Borealis, Tundra, Berry Blue and Indigo Gem
Typical Nova Scotian orchard varieties include – Borealis, Tundra, Berry Blue, Indigo Gem, Honey Bee, Wojtek, Jolanta, Ruben, Rebeka and Happy Giant.
Nova Scotian seasonal climatic patterns
British Columbian Honeyberry Orchards
We feel one of the best Honeyberry orchards in British Columbia is currently in Midway, near the Amercian border. The 50-acre (25 hectares) orchard founded and run by the Kirkpatrick family is a fabulous example of a healthy and productive orchard.
What started as a farming experiment, with no guarantee of success, is beginning to take shape. The Kirkaberry orchard in addition to Honeyberries berries, grows dwarf sour cherries and Saskatoon berries, and the Kirkpatrick family are looking forward to many years as a producer of what some call a “fruit of vision.” For more information on this orchard, please click their orchard photo below.
Orchard varieties below – Aurora, Tundra, Berry Blue, Honey Bee, and Indigo Gem
Typical British Columbian orchard varieties include – Aurora, Borealis, Tundra, Berry Blue, Honey Bee, and Indigo Gem
British Columbian seasonal climatic patterns
Quebec Honeyberry Orchards
Quebec is currently by far the most important Canadian Provence regarding honeyberries or Camerise in the ground. Between 2006 and 2014 over 700 acres (280 hectares) have been established, of which 250 acres is planted between 70 growers in the region du Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean.
The average Camerise orchard is between 5 to 10 acres (2.5 to 4 hectares), and the Provence has the advantage of fruit processing locations thanks to the existing blueberry industry.
Please go to the Quebec’s Camerise Association website for further information on this important Honeyberry producing region.
Orchard varieties below – Cinderella or Zolushka, Aurora, Tundra, Berry Blue, Honey Bee, and Indigo Gem.
Standard Quebec orchard varieties include – Cinderella or Zolushka, Aurora, Tundra, Berry Blue, Honey Bee, Blue Belle and Indigo series
Quebec seasonal climatic patterns
Our commitment at LoveHoneyberry is to enable you, to quickly establish a profitable Honeyberry orchard, by eliminating many of the high start-up and ongoing errors associated with a new fruit.
We are very passionate about the opportunities that Honeyberries offers growers (in particular organic) and encourage you to see these initial Honeyberry plant ordering costs as only a fraction of the lifetime revenue potential from fresh or frozen berry sales or Honeyberry value added products. We can ship Honeyberry or Haskap in-vitro plantlets or potted plants to you in most regions in the world, where the plants can thrive.
Our commitment does not disappear once we have sold you plants. Our passion is to help you improve your orchard’s soil fertility to allow you to grow high yielding, nutrient dense Honeyberries with sweeter and deeper flavours, and longer shelf life. You can implement our nutrient strategies by including our core recommended products into your current programs.