Doctor Maxine Thompson is professor emeritus of the University of Oregons’s Horticulture Department. She is one of the key Haskap experts in the United States. Her varieties originate in northern Japan. She concentrates her research on drawing the best Japanese characteristics of the Haskap cultivars – large ocal berries with uniform maturation.
This cultivar produces up to 4 pounds of fruits after 4-5 years of growth. The berries are oval-shaped and up to 2 cm long. They are mild tasting and savoury. The taka cultivar is a mid-season variety that is sutable for mechanical harvest.