How to Pick Huckleberries

Overview

The true huckleberry is a member of the heath family, not to be confused with the garden huckleberry. The huckleberry, a small, round berry-like fruit, has 10 hard seeds inside its blue or black skin and grows on the huckleberry bush. Used for jams, syrups, pies and in other recipes, the huckleberry grows wild along the eastern part of North America, as well as wooded areas of the south. Bears and deer feast on the wild huckleberries. Huckleberries are typically ready to be picked during late summer.

Step 1

Fill a portable container with water if picking wild huckleberries in a remote area. If there is a garden hose and water facet near the huckleberry bush, plan to use it instead.

Step 2

Rinse the berries before picking with the water to remove any dust, insects or pesticides. When picking wild huckleberries, the berries will tear. Avoid contaminating the inside of the berry by prewashing.

Step 3

Pick the individual clean berries from the bush, using your hand and put in a clean bucket. Select ripe berries that haven't begun to shrivel.

Step 4

Refrigerate the berries as soon as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Container for water or garden hose
  • Bucket

References

  • "Word Book, H"; Max Austin; 1990
  • University of Idaho: Growing Western Huckleberries
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Garden Huckleberry

Who Can Help

  • USDA Forest Service: Summer Sun Brings Ripe Huckleberries to the Forest
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About this Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.