My introduction to the huckleberry

Before moving to the Inland Northwest, I had never heard of Huckleberries.  In fact, if you

Huckleberry Bush

Photograph courtesy of rantfarm.com

would have shown them to me before I knew what they were, I would have sworn they were small blueberries.  My first recall of this wonderful fruit was my first opportunity to go Huckleberry picking.  I didn’t have anything else to do on a hot August weekend afternoon.  After a long trek by car into the mountains, followed by a long walk further up that mountain (each of us carrying a bucket), we had finally found our prize.  Well, at first, I wasn’t aware we had found anything.  It wasn’t until I was shown what the plant looked like and folded up the leaves, did I realize what we were looking for.  This particular patch was abundant.  By abundant, I don’t mean that the buckets were filled instantly.  It definitely took the better part of the day to get a few gallons of berries.  We probably could have had a gallon or two more if we weren’t eating along the way.  They were sweet and delicious.

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2 thoughts on “My introduction to the huckleberry

    • I am not sure what you would benefit from taking the seeds from the Huckleberry’s in our region. They are very small and consumable with the whole fruit. If you are planning on transplanting them, they are very sensitive to climate and take many years to fully mature. In our area they grow best at a certain elevation. I am not sure of anyone that has successfully domesticated them. Most of the fruit from this western variety is harvested by hand for personal consumption or to earn a few bucks by selling them to local restaurants, in flea markets or even craigslist to folks that dont have the time or desire to pick them themselves.

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