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Season: August

Urban, Rural or Both: Rural mainly

Black Huckleberry: (Gaylussacia baccata). There are plants that are in the Vaccinium Genus that are also called Huckleberries, though that would technically make them either a Blueberry or Bilberry. This entry is only for the Gaylussacia Genus, the Gaylussacia baccata specifically.

There are more Huckleberries than just the Black Huckleberry, start here to find out more about this group of berries.

Good for eating fresh or cooked, but there are two things about this one. The seeds are bigger than a similar sized Blueberry, and the taste, in my opinion, is not quite as good, but that could just be me or a regional variance. Very often the same plants have fruit that is different tasting in different areas. So, if given the choice, I'll take Blueberries, if this is what is around, I'm happy to pick them. They seem to occur in more or less the same places and habitats as Blueberries.

Growing this plant in your home garden:

For detailed instructions on how to grow Huckleberries, go to my Wild Foods Home Garden website Huckleberry page..


Black Huckleberry: (Gaylussacia baccata) range. Distribution map courtesy of U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA Natural Resources Service) and used in accordance with their policies.


Huckleberry drawing. (USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 696)

Huckleberry drawing

Huckleberry drawing. This simplified drawing clearly shows leaf arrangement and flower structure. (USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.)

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