Red Huckleberries

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Red Huckleberry, Vancouver Island, BC
Red Huckleberry, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Bud Logan

Red Huckleberries are translucent, red, acidic berries that grow on many-branched shrubs that are up to 2 meters tall. The small, bell-shaped flowers are solitary in the axils of the leaves.

Huckleberries are found on all of Vancouver Island. The berries are available in the fall. They make a superior jelly and may also be eaten raw or used for jams, preserves, pies, muffins, and puddings.

To clean huckleberries, spread a clean, dry terry cloth towel over a slanted surface, such as a cutting board, with one end propped up a few inches above the other. Gently roll the berries down the towel, most of the debris and leaves will cling to the towel, while the berries roll-off. Huckleberries should be stored covered in the refrigerator and will keep up to one week.

We freeze several ice cream buckets to use throughout the winter, I use them in pancakes, muffins and I make a sweet and sour sauce out of them. They are great tasting in the middle of winter.

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