Move over acai, there's a new berry coming to the UK and it's set to take your crown

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries … nothing says British summer quite like our delicious and tangy homegrown fruits.

 

And we'd like to introduce the newest member of the pack: blue honeysuckle – also known as haskap – a native of Siberia and Japan that's due to hit supermarket shelves next June, according to The Grocer.

 

The dark-blue, oblong-shaped berry is sometimes hailed as the "elixir of life" in Japan.

 

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, like blueberries, blue honeysuckle apparently has some antioxidants and vitamin C.

 

They're also meant to be tasty: according to CPM, the soft fruit supplier responsible for bringing the berries to the UK, the taste is "a tangy flavour between a blueberry, blackberry and raspberries".

 

The berries will be grown by farmers in Hampshire, Somerset and Scotland, and should grow well in the UK because of the cold winter and rainy spring. Due to their short growing season, they will only be available for four weeks.

 

"This is a really exciting development for the berry industry in the UK, firstly for the berries' health qualities, and secondly, it looks and tastes different to those currently on offer," said Begnat Robichaud, commercial director at CPM.

 

What can we say? We're berry excited.

Love berries? Don't miss our delicious recipes for summer berry sponge, blueberry and blackberry yogurt muffins and berry and lemon curd roulade