19 June 2019 Haskap (Lonicera caerulea)

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First picking of Haskap for 2019. Brix reading was 11, low, prefer about 15. Harvest was placing a sheet under the bush and shaking the tree, then cleaning by blowing air and floating debris off using water. I have five bushes,too crowded, and use an air dancer which appears to be effective for discouraging birds. Milk shakes are made which is the first fresh fruit available in Zone 5.The other three bushes will be left to ripen further before harvesting.

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One haskap bush was harvested 469 grams. A 4 by 4 foot drop sheet was split and put under the bush. The bush was then shaken making the berries drop. I looked for snow flying plastic saucers but none in the store, I will get two for next year when in season for the Winter sports. Also careful spacing when planting will facilitate harvest but I only have six bushes so can suffer a bit. Individual hand picking is in general too tedious.

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