The name Huckleberry is derived from a fictional character in the Book The adventure of Tom Sawyer. It is also a North American English dialect variation of whortleberry.
Huckleberries are perennial evergreen shrubs that have serrated leaves. They are found in forests, lake basins, mountain slopes. They produce black-purple berries and need full sun, partial shade to thrive.
The flowers are urn shaped, tiny and have pale pink color. The shrub can grow 3 to 8 feet depending on type, weather and soil nutrients. The fruit is edible and has a delicious tart taste. The shrub prefers acidic soil and grow in mountainous regions with elevation 2500 to 11,500 feet.
The nutritional value of 1 ounce of raw huckleberry is iron 0.1mg, sodium 2.8mg. Others are calcium 4.2mg.
Calories for carbohydrate 9.7, calories from protein 0.4. More include carbohydrate 2.4g, protein 0.1g, water 25g and 15 anthocyanins.
- iron 0.1mg
- Sodium 2.8mg
- Calcium 4.2mg
- Calories for carbohydrate 9.7
- Calories from protein 0.4
- Carbohydrate 2.4g
- Protein 0.1g
- water 25g
- 15 anthocyanin’s
The fruit is made into syrup, Huckleberry Sauce and backed into Wild Blue Huckleberry Pie. The shrub is used in traditional medicine, beverages. Others are puddings, salad dressing, tea, soups, juice and candy.
- Made into syrup
- Huckleberry Sauce
- Backed into Wild Blue Huckleberry Pie
- Used in traditional medicine
- Salad dressing
Health Benefits of Huckleberry Fruit
It is rich in antioxidant, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B. They ensure proper muscle, nerve function, protects against immune deficiency.
Other health benefits include lower cholesterol, fight against heart disease. Reduction of fatigue, muscular degeneration, varicose veins, glaucoma and peptic ulcers.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B
- Proper muscle function
- protects against immune deficiency
- Lower cholesterol
- Fight against heart disease
- Reduction of fatigue
- Muscular degeneration
- Varicose veins
- Peptic ulcers
How to Grow Huckleberry
Propagation is through cutting, seeding or rhizome. To grow huckleberries from rhizomes, cut a 4 inch long section and plant in sandy soil. It does not require dipping in rooting compound however keep the soil moist.
Once shoot appear transplant to a large pot and introduce moss based soil. Western huckleberry flowers mid- May and require acidic soil. The plant needs partial shade and ideal PH of 5.
Use manure, fertilizer or granular fertilizer at the ratio 10-10-10. Weed regularly, prune to remove dead limbs and avoid the use of pesticides.