Archive for the ‘Identifying Huckleberries’ Category
Huckleberry season is definitely winning down — it appears to have been a good year for huckleberries and those picking them in the wilds!
But it is always time to learn more about huckleberries.
I found this excellent article the other day and wanted to share it with you:
Vaccininum membranceum/ Globare (complex)’ V. ovatum; Gaylussacia species
The delightful word huckleberry, means one kind of berry in Massachusetts, another kind in Missouri, another in Montana, and yet another at America’s edge along the Mendocino coast. This same charming name is used for at least six species of purple berries. Like the orthodox devotion to one’s regional BBQ, every region knows that their type of huckleberry is superior. I personally adore our Pacific coastal evergreen huckleberries, V. ovatum, while my friends in Montana think I’m crazy to like those tiny tart berry ball compared to their big fat sweet berries.
The article talks further about the huckleberries in three distinct regions:
- “Mountain” Huckleberry
- Coastal Evergreen Huckleberry
- Eastern Huckleberry
Also, there is a section on the following:
As the seasons whines down in Montana and Idaho, the huckleberry season is going strong in parts Washington and Oregon.
Of all the plant species that produce edible berries in the Northwest – and there are quite a few – huckleberries have to be the most celebrated.
The abundant, delicious berries can be found in the Coast Range, Cascade Range, and Olympic Mountains in mid-summer through early autumn (in any given area, the timing of fruit production depends on the species, elevation, and other environmental factors).
As the article continues, the author talks about the history of huckleberries and the Native Americans; how to identify huckleberries; and huckleberry picking tips.
Very interesting and informative! Also, there is a link to the health benefits of huckleberries.
NOTE: Unfortunately, this particular article uses blueberry and huckleberry interchangeable. Both are different berries, but the characteristics are similar. We always tell folks that huckleberries are blueberries on steriods!!
For more info on the difference between Huckleberries and Blueberries, check this link: Huckleberries vs. Blueberries
For more information on the Health Benefits of Huckleberry, click here: Health Benefits
Anticipating picking huckleberry yet? If so, (or even if not!), you might want to check out this article on identifying the different types of huckleberries.
Natural Life of the Lost Coast: Huckleberries
Most of us know the evergreen huckleberry that is commonly found in the North Coast. When we encounter them in the summertime, we eat a few of the dark purple berries, fresh off the bush, or make the berries into pies and jelly. Did you know there is also a red huckleberry? Both share the same genus name, Vaccinium.
How to Identify Huckleberries in Montana. Huckleberries grow wild in Montana’s mountainous regions. They thrive in the elevated Rocky Mountain areas and can …