Origin: University of Saskatchewan
Indigo Gem yields fruits that are excellent in quality. This cultivar would be the choice for mechanical harvest for the fresh or process markets. The fruits of most Haskap cultivars are soft and melt in your mouth when eaten whereas the Indigo Gem has thicker skin and flesh therefore the fruit is chewier much like a grape. This is a good attribute for the process market because when the berries are cooked they will remain a similar shape.
The plants will produce consistent average yields, in one test area the variety produced twice the amount of fruit compared to other cultivars. Plants are vigorous and will grow 5.5 feet at maturity. The shape of the fruits are shorter and oval with an average weight of 1.3 grams. The fruits have good firmness with nice blend of sweet and mild tanginess. Indigo Gem will be a very suitable fruit for shipping long distance for the fresh market and a good choice for the frozen markets.