We are busy picking honeyberries from our 3 year old orchard of 850 bushes planted in 2011, but here are a few things we have learned about the fruit.
We are freezing most of what we pick as it is the fastest thing right now, but here are some other ideas for preserving the berries.
The berries are of uneven size so dry unevenly, with the smaller ones turning crisp and the larger berries staying juicy, even after a day in the dryer. Better just to leave them out for a month and let them dehydrate naturally.
Put berries into blender, add honey for pliability and sugar to taste (honey alone may overpower the berry flavor), grease the tray with a mild flavored oil such as coconut oil, and dehydrate a few hours. You can start out at 160 F and then turn down to 115 F says my dehydrating manual for blueberries. Or just stick it into your vehicle with the windows rolled up on a sunny day! Dry until able to lift pieces off the tray. This will keep for months, if not years!
Finally, a big thank you to the adventurous U-Pickers of all ages (babes in arms to 90+ year olds) who ventured to our farm to pick, and then told and gave samples to their friends and family!