The Difference Between Huckleberries and Blueberries
Despite what you may have heard, huckleberries are very different from blueberries. To me, huckleberries taste like blueberries on steriods!!
Other say a huckleberry taste like a cross between a blueberry and a red raspberry.
One way of another, huckleberries and blueberries are very different!
Here is a exerpt from an article that will help you understand more of why ….
First of all, the locations of the two berries are different. Wild blueberries grow in the northeastern portion of North America, including Maine and the Atlantic portion of Canada. Huckleberries are native to the northwestern United States and Canada. In fact, the huckleberry is the state fruit of Idaho.
There are about 40 species of huckleberry in the United States The shrub grows from one to three feet high, and has resinous leaves which feel sticky when pinched.
There are 15 or 20 species of blueberries native in the United States. The flowers of the blueberry are white and bell-shaped. The two-foot high plants have leaves which are small, oval and alternately arranged
How to Distinguish Huckleberries from Blueberries
Huckleberries and blueberries are distinguishable by their seeds. Each huckleberry contains 10 hard seeds, while a blueberry has numerous soft seeds. The two plants also differ in stem texture. Huckleberry stems are smooth while the blueberry’s stem is “warty.” When you eat huckleberries and blueberries, you will agree that the taste is different.
Huckleberries and blueberries are good and good for you. Huckleberries are not commercially cultivated so blueberries are easier to find in grocery stores. You can go into the woods and pick huckleberries yourself.
With all the snow in the mountains this past winter and the rain in the spring, it is looking like we might have a good huckleberry season this summer!