Huckleberry & Bilberry Health Benefits Archive

Northwest Wild Food on Huckleberries

Posted January 21, 2016 By sandy

Our friends at Northwest Wild Foods posted a fun fact post earlier in the month.  Here are some of the highlights:

The wild mountain blue huckleberry, or Vaccinium ovalifolium, is a true treasure of the Great Pacific Northwest. The stunning little blue berries are fit to be the crowning glory of any of Mother Natures golden tiaras. Not only are huckleberries a treat for the eyes, but when raw they have a delicious sweet- tart taste that will leave you wanting more. When cooked into syrups or baked into pies, they have a tantalizingly pure and rich flavor all their own that has been a popular staple among countless American families for generations…

What are huckleberries? Northwest Wild Food on Huckleberries

The wild mountain blue huckleberry is a perennial evergreen shrub that usually ranges from 2-3 ft tall but can reach as high as 10. It has 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch serrated leaves that start out red-bronze but turn bright green in the Summer months….

Where do huckleberries grow?

The wild mountain blue huckleberries grow in acidic mountain soils at elevations from 2,000 to 11,000 ft. They can be found all the way from Alaska to Washington and Oregon, to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming….

Health Benefits:

  • Huckleberries are associated with lowering cholesterol; protecting against heart diseases, muscular degeneration, glaucoma, varicose veins, and peptic ulcers.
  • High in vitamin C, Huckleberries protect the body against immune deficiencies, cardiovascular diseases, prenatal health problems, and eye diseases.
  • An excellent source of vitamin A and B, huckleberries are great for promoting a healthy metabolism which in turn helps reduce the risk of stroke. They are also known to help stave off macular degeneration as well as viruses and bacteria.
  • Huckleberries are an excellent source of iron which helps build new red blood cells and helps fatigue associated with iron deficiency.
  • The huckleberry ensures proper functioning of nerve and muscle tissues, such as the heart and skeletal muscles, due to its high content of potassium. It also helps regulate water balance and eliminate waste.

As a special treat, NW Wild Foods shares a wonderful huckleberry pie recipe.

Check it out on their website:


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Huckleberry Fever in Asia and Finland

Posted September 18, 2015 By sandy

In the inland Pacific northwest, we think we have the corner on huckleberries. But there are other countries and areas that grow them and use them.

A few weeks ago, we were approached by Rae Ellen Bichell for information on Dr. Dan Barney’s huckleberry research.  Here is excepts from her article on ‘huckleberry fever’:

Asian Countries Have Nordic Berry Fever, And Finland Can’t Keep Up

Right now, some 7,000 Thai workers are combing the Lapland wilderness of Finland and Sweden for bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries. Each day, they hike into the woods that lie mostly above the Arctic Circle with buckets and simple scooping tools, emerging with up to 270 pounds in berries per person….

Huckleberry Fever in Asia and Finland

Who’s so wild about these intensely flavored berries? Nordic folk load them into pies, jams, breakfast porridge and reindeer meatballs. They make ice cream, juice, and even shampoo out of them.

But there’s another group that’s increasingly driving this wild fruit harvest: health-conscious people in East Asia…

Labels on various lotions and potions sold in Asia — like this dark purple powder — make exaggerated claims that the berries improve night vision, make people smarter, and ward off cancer, obesity, ulcers and heart disease.

But there’s actual science showing that Finnish and Swedish bilberries are packed with more vitamins and antioxidants than North American blueberries. Lingonberries can help prevent urinary tract infections. Cloudberries, the most rare and expensive of the three, may boost intestinal flora and help prevent colon cancer. And, says Rainer Peltola, a senior research scientist at the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, “a berry-rich diet has been connected with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.”…

The growing market pressure is leading to more discussion about how to develop a more dense and reliable crop farmers could control. And plant researchers and fruit companies are considering another possibility: cultivating the berries similarly to how lowbush, or wild, blueberries are cultivated in North America….


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Huckleberies on Your Cereal

Posted July 26, 2011 By sandy

Bringing the wild into your kitchen with Pat Wells


The other morning I topped my bowl of cereal with the most flavourful, and probably the healthiest array of wild foods there are: wild berries. Harvested from Revelstoke’s backyard, I have been feasting on strawberries, black and red raspberries, blueberries, Saskatoon berries, and huckleberries.


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Health Benefits of Huckleberries

Posted June 13, 2011 By sandy

Huckleberry, the name immortalized by the famous character Huckleberry Finn, is one of the most popular fruits in North America. If you are unaware of it, then note that huckleberries are small fruits that resemble blueberries. These berries belong to the family Ericaceae. These berries are not only good to taste but are also useful for medicinal purposes. If you wish to know about the health benefits of huckleberries, then scroll down for more information. But, let us first know more about huckleberries. ….  READ MORE

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Huckleberry & Bilberry Health Benefits

Posted February 11, 2011 By sandy

Huckleberry health

Kimberley Daily Bulletin
Cranbrook, BC – The black mountain huckleberry is perhaps the most important wild uses of huckleberries and local knowledge of huckleberry ecology.

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Central Oregon Huckleberry Plants |

Central Oregon Huckleberry Plants. Huckleberries (Vaccinium) are related to blueberries. How to Pick More Huckleberries with a Huckleberry Picking Rake

Health Benefits Of Huckleberry,Nutritional Value of Huckleberry

Nutrition Benefits Of Eating Huckleberries. Huckleberry is really a little spherical berry discovered within the North American and European continents,

When Are Huckleberries Ready to Pick? |

Huckleberries are not a popular garden plant, but in many places the fruit can grow How to Pick More Huckleberries with a Huckleberry Picking Rake

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Are Huckleberries Alkaline? |

Are Huckleberries Alkaline?. The huckleberry, a shrub with fruit that resembles the blueberry, prefers to grow in woodland soils.

Where to Pick Huckleberries in Oregon |

Where to Pick Huckleberries in Oregon. A huckleberry is a relative of the blueberry. Like the blueberry, huckleberries can be picked and eaten in the wild .

How to Till & Pick Huckleberries |

University of Minnesota Extension: Garden Huckleberries · University of Idaho University: UI Horticulturist Looks to Tame the Huckleberry .

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Huckleberries and Herbal Medicine

Posted October 31, 2010 By sandy

Huckleberry: How It Can be Used for Herbal Medicine

Huckleberries are great in muffins, cookies, breads, and other baking. I like huckleberry pie the best. Add them to your waffle mix or pancake batter then

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Medicinal Facts on Huckleberries

Posted January 24, 2010 By sandy

Medicinal Facts on Huckleberries |

Medicinal Facts on Huckleberries. Huckleberries are a fruit that you can eat raw or baked. The berries also have medicinal qualities.

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Huckleberry/Bilberry Improve Vision?

Posted October 31, 2009 By sandy

Family Doctor: Jury still out on the vision benefits of bilberry

Canton Repository – Canton,OH,USA
A: Bilberries, also known as whortleberries, huckleberries or European blueberries, are commonly used in syrups, pies, cobblers and jams.

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