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Re: [nafex] edible honeysuckles

Scott & Lon:
I received Lonicera caerulea (edible honeysuckle) L. CAPRIFOLIACEAE, this season from Corvallis,
Var. Tomichka. They had 2 other varieties available but from the descriptions I was not sure if the
others may have had any success in my zone so I opted for the more heartier Tomichka.
Sadly, the cuttings I received rooted but never took off and died late in the season. I have requested
more, but now I'm wondering with the flat spider mite and whether it has inundated all of Corvallis's
I was intrigued to see an edible honeysuckle and had hoped it caught with the intent to see what it
was actually like.
Now I'm wondering if perhaps hand pollination being so early may help the scantiness of the crop??
Best wishes,
S. NH Z-5/6
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2000 8:40 PM
Subject: Re: [nafex] edible honeysuckles

Most of the varieties now commercially available have been very shy bearing
and rather sour.  The shy bearing may be related to the fact that the plants
bloom so early there is a lack of insects to pollinate them at that time of
year.  There is a lot of variation in the edible honeysuckle, with some much
better (and tastier) than others, and in fact there is probably more than
one species or race of it.  There is someone here in Oregon breeding edible
honeysuckle and getting some very interesting early results, but it's too
early to divulge more than that.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, unusual fruits, writing, consulting, more, at

>From: Scott & Lorena <sbrenman@netzero.net>
>To: nafex@egroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] edible honeysuckles
>Date: Fri, Dec 22, 2000, 5:14 PM

>Does anyone have experience with the culture of these?  Quality of the
>fruit etc.?
>Thank you.
>Scott Breneman
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