There are two different kinds of huckleberries in America, belonging to either the Gaylussacia genus, or the Vaccinium genus. There are many varieties of huckleberry plants within each genus.
Huckleberries grow best in very acidic soil. Plant them in a sunny spot with direct sun. Huckleberry bushes can grow up to six feet high, so they can be used as a nice hedge.
Huckleberries are used for several desserts. You can make huckleberry pies, jams, muffins, and use them as tasty toppings for ice cream!
A fun fact is that huckleberries are one of the Grizzly bear's favorite foods, and they sometimes travel great distances to get to huckleberry bushes. Another fact is that huckleberries are commonly mistaken as blueberries. One difference is that huckleberries have pits.
It may be possible to find any huckleberry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!
Huckleberry festivals mark ripening of Idaho state fruit
Huckleberry festivals mark ripening of Idaho state fruit. A girl feasts on huckleberries during the Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. (Courtesy photo). WILD EDIBLES — The huckleberry harvest season is underway at lower elevations and the pleasure is ... The Spokesman Review (blog) [ story ]
Landers: Huckleberry season has pickers bursting with excitement
The 2000 Idaho Legislature declared huckleberries the state fruit. But like potatoes, Washington has its share of the delicious purple berries prized for pies, pancakes, muffins, ice cream, jam, wine and just about anything else that needs a touch of ... The Spokesman Review [ story ]
Box huckleberry, the pick of the forest primeval
Much of this is down to the fact that the box huckleberry, Gaylussacia brachycera, is a botanical loner. As with blueberry and cranberry, it is a native shrub of the heath family, but unlike them, it increases by creeping runners. A colony may fruit ... Thehour.com [ story ]