Upon my search for huckleberry information, I ran across this article from last fall. Although the article is nearly a year old, it offers some good information and tips on picking huckleberries.
The article is written by John Reid who is a University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology graduate and Precision Nutrition Certified Sports Nutritionist
Here are some of the highlights of his article:
Here are some berry picking tips (and no-nos):
– Picking berries in a national park is prohibited. Provincial parks allow it with verbal approval from a conservation office. If you aren’t in a park, or on private land, pick away.
– Remember that berries are a valuable food source for other wildlife, pick only enough for yourself. Four cups is a good rule of thumb.
– Always, always, ALWAYS bring bear spray. Keep it on your belt and know how to use it.
– If you do see wildlife, leave immediately and try not to disturb it. Berries are their food and you’re in their area.
– Do not damage the rest of the plant when picking. Leave unripe berries, leaves and branches on the plant.
– Bring lots of water and sun protection. You can dehydrate fast when you’re pickin’ hard.
– Don’t pick or eat berries you can’t identify.
– Try not to eat them faster than you can pick them…