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When Do Huckleberries Ripen?

By Nancy Wagner
Huckleberry varieties include red or purple types.
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Wild huckleberries ripen from mid- to late summer. The berries primarily grow in the western United States with more than 12 species of huckleberries found in Oregon and Washington alone. You’ll find the berries along trails and the roadside in many of the region’s national forests.


Huckleberries start ripening in early July and continue through September, depending on the location. The berries ripen earlier at lower elevations. Scouting a few patches several weeks ahead of the supposed ripening time helps you know when the berries are ready.


Large, sweet purple huckleberries come from the thin-leaved huckleberry plant. Thin-leaved huckleberries ripen from mid-August to mid-September. Red huckleberries mature earlier in the season from July into August.


The tasty little berries grow at elevations ranging up to 11,000 feet in height, although most of the berries grow near the 4,000 foot level. Some huckleberry patches, such as those found in Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest, ripen at different times each year. The exact ripening date depends on the snowmelt, late freezes and other unpredictable weather events.


About the Author


Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.