Unusual Fruits: Honeyberries and Hardy Kiwis

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Uncommonly delicious! Honeyberries and hardy kiwis are two berries native to Asia and Eastern Europe that feel right at home in New York State. Join Cornell Small Fruits Specialist Anya Osatuke who will introduce you to the challenges and opportunities these berry crops can create for home gardens. The Tuesday evening Zoom class will guide you through site requirements, choosing the right varieties for your needs, how to help young plants establish, and how to prune mature plants to maximize plant health and fruit production. We will end with a couple recipes and harvesting tips. 

About the instructor:  Anya Osatuke is the Western New York Small Fruits Extension Specialist working with Harvest New York and the New York State Berry Growers Association. For her Masters degree, Anya researched strawberries with Dr. Marvin Pritts at Cornell University. Anya grew up gardening and foraging and loves to discuss native and invasive edibles in the landscape.

About the fruits: Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea), also known as Haskap, is a non-vining member of the honeysuckle family that is native to cool, temperate climates in the northern hemisphere. It can be found wild in Canada, Russia, Poland, and Japan. Some describe its flavor as a combination of blueberry, raspberry, honey and pineapple, with floral notes. Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta and Actinidia kolomikta) is a perennial vine that is native to Japan, Korea, Northern China, and the Russian Far East. A relative of the fuzzy kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa) commonly sold in grocery stores, it is far hardier and can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. The fruit is smaller than fuzzy kiwi (about the size of a large grape) with relatively smooth (and edible) skin that can be eaten “out of hand” and has a good shelf life.

Class Recording: All classes are recorded so if you cannot make the live class, you can watch the video however only participants who have registered in advance for the class will have access to the video recording which is sent 48 hours later to registrants. Register and pay below.

Our goal is to help our areas gardeners have access to this knowledge, free from financial barriers. We have several scholarship spots in each class. If you would like a scholarship spot, please reach out to Maria Christian at mjc72@cornell.edu


$0-$40/person pay what you can afford




Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130


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Last updated December 15, 2022