Unlike wonderberries or blueberries, the easy-to-grow huckleberry will need cooking, as they are bitter when raw and unsweetened,although some people do eat them when they are ripe and soft. But a real culinary miracle occurs when you cook and sweeten this variety of garden huckleberries! In America they are traditionally used to make delicious pies and jams but for some reason, elsewhere in the world they have never really caught on. Please don't forget, do NOT eat when unripe, as with many fruits, they can give you severe tummy-ache even in small quantities.
Seeds are surface-sown or covered only slightly. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Containers are held in warm conditions until sprouts appear, which may take anywhere from 3-10 days. Move sprouting plantings immediately to bright light conditions, such as a south-facing window. Support with cane or wires.
Growing Garden Huckleberry from Seed Posted on 3 Jan 14:16 , 1 comment
Thank you so very much for having this information available for people like me. I have never been around any huckleberry. I have heard stories about the jelly and pies that my grandmother had made.
I was cleaning out my mom’s freezer and came across her bag of seeds. I was so excited to see that she had huckleberry seeds. Of course you guessed it, I have some planted in a pot. I measured them and they are now ranging from 11″-17″.
They have been in a pot since February, can you suggest when I should put them in the ground?
Again, thank you for your information.
Small, dark purple or purple or black fruit that is edible (despite looking like nightshade) and is usually cooked or boiled before eating. See below for more explanation.
Seeds are now available at our seed store.
Very small shrub, usually growing to only 12-24″. There are a number of varieties of garden huckleberry to which there is some confusion. The wonderberry is actually a garden huckleberry variant hybridized by famed plant breeder Luther Burbank. Wonderberries have superior flavor to most garden huckleberries, although there are some sweet varieties of garden huckleberry that are worthwhile for the home grower. Caution should be advised not to confuse the fruits with those of nighshade (a very close relative), as nightshade fruits are highly poisonous.
Not frost hardy. Will reseed in areas of frost. Sunset Zones: All zones USDA: All zones
Plants require virtually no care other than water. Grow in the ground or in pots, plants are fairly short lived and make excellent annuals.
By seed. May fruit in just 2-3 months.
Cooked and used as a flavoring for various desserts. The unripe (green) berries are poisonous.
A variety of the deadly nightshade, supposedly originating from Africa.
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