|Black Huckleberry bushes along the Last Chance Trail.|
Black Huckleberries (Vaccinium membranaceum) grow on a medium-sized shrub that grows to one and a half metres (5 feet) tall. It has many branches and small pointed leaves. Late in the season the plants will turn reddish brown and round purplish berries, much like blueberries, will form. If you try to pick the berries early, they are hard and tart, enough to pucker your mouth.
But if you wait until late August or September, they ripen to a soft, sweet fruit. You can pick them to eat right on the spot, or take some home to make a pie, or can to enjoy all winter long. -- Margy