Our Lunan Bay Honeyberries
In 2017, we started to grow this very unique berry in Scotland. The honeyberry from the honeysuckle family looks similar to an elongated blueberry. It grows on bushes unlike blueberries and currently we harvest in July by hand.
We are trialling several varieties of honeyberry selected for their flavour profiles, to be utilised by chefs who are interested in an unique soft fruit. The fruit is blue in colour and when macerated turns deep shade of claret tinged with blue. Tastewise, our varieties taste similar in flavour to blackberries, raspberries and blueberries rolled into one with its own unique flavour profile.
New research from the sustainable crop research facility, the James Hutton Institute in nearby Dundee, has revealed that they are the most nutritious berry when compared to all soft fruits including strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. The composition of phytochemicals, which are believed to protect cells for the damage that leads to cancer, was analysed by scientists at the research institute and revealed that the honey berry had the highest levels of these antioxidants compared to those seen in strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
We are now hosting 100,000 bees on our farm to pollinate our honeyberry crop, oil seed rape & more thanks to our new collaboration with Denrosa Apiaries.
In July 2020, we’ll have small quantities of Lunan Bay Honeyberries available. If you are interested in purchasing this unique fruit, contact Jillian McEwan on 01241 830 598 or firstname.lastname@example.org