What are Huckleberries? Where do I find Huckleberries?

The fruit itself looks very similar to a blueberry. The huckleberry is a deciduous or evergreen shrub.  Hucklbeberry is the common name for two different plant species: Vaccinium Parvifolium and Gaylussacia.  The plant grows to about 2- 3 feet tall and thrives in damp acidic soil.  They usually produces ripe, ready to pick fruit between the months of July and August.  Here in North Idaho, they are found at elevations between 2000 and 11000 ft.  They are not commercially grown so picking by hand is how it is done.  If you do not live in a region where you can pick them yourself, it is possible to purchase online if in season.  Out of season here, they are running $30-$40 per gallon frozen.  I don’t think that price has varied much over the last few years.

Huckleberries have a unique sweet taste.  I don’t know anyone that hasn’t taken a liking to them after their first bite.  My dad visited once and after his first huckleberry shake, he went everyday to get one until the day he headed back home.  The fruit can be frozen and used later.  I love them in pancakes.  You can use them like most fruits to make jams, cobblers, pies and syrups.  The best way to eat them is sneaking a few in your mouth right off the plant while picking them.  This does however reduce the amount of berries you get to take home.

 

Visit our post Picking wild huckleberries in the Inland Northwest for more information on finding wild huckleberries.

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One thought on “What are Huckleberries? Where do I find Huckleberries?

  1. I am happy to find you’re website.I have been growing Wild Huckleberries for 20 years here in Southern Utah.They are very easy to grow,producing many sweet delicious purple berries within just a few months of planting the seeds.I have seed packets available along with planting tips,in quantities of 10,20,and 50 seeds for $3,$6,and $15.These are great for container gardening.Can send to you-but not to Montana!Tahnia Million 435-635-7681 or 435-680-0167.

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