Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Quick, eat those Haskap!

Haskap berries are quickly ripening, so don't let them go to the birds. (Yes, the birds love them.) Also known as blue honeysuckle, haskap is the Japanese name for an old and healthy berry that grows in northern climates. In Saskatchewan, varieties such as Borealis and Tundra were developed by plant scientists at the U of S in Saskatoon.

Haskap are juicy with a sweet berry flavour and can be used in just about any recipe that calls for blueberries or saskatoon berries. They're available at U-Pick orchards, but as yet, there is no directory to make that easy for home cooks and consumers. :(

You can read more about Saskatchewan haskap in my food column in today's Star Phoenix.

Haskap Cheesecake Pie
2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 package cream cheese (250 g)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, separated
2 cups haskap berries (fresh or thawed)

Crush the chocolate wafers to a powder. Mix with melted butter. Press into bottom of pie plate. Whip together the cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, 3 egg yolks and 1 cup of haskap berries. Blend well. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until fluffy but not stiff. Fold egg whites into the cream cheese mixture. Pour mixture over cookie crumb base. Sprinkle on the remaining 1 cup of berries. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes. The centre of the pie will not be completely set, but will jiggle slightly. It will set as it cools. When cool, cover and refrigerate several hours. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream flavoured with a pinch of lime zest.


Unknown said...

Hi Amy Jo, Have you seen that we have just launched the local foods guide: http://spatial.usask.ca/localfoodmap/

We would love to have haskap u-picks added. Please feel free to send it out to your readers - we really want to make this work-in-progress more complete and we want it to be useful for all Saskatonians!

Amy Jo Ehman said...

Thanks. I'll post the link to my readers. I'll also forward it to the haskap association and perhaps they'll get on the map!