With late summer comes the ripening of berries, a treat for animals and humans alike. One prime berry comes on the Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) bush.
The bush grows from 1-3 metres (3-10 feet) tall in dry to moist forest areas. While most are rooted in soil, you will sometimes see them growing on old logs and stumps. Small white flowers give way to edible fruits in late summer.
Today, Red Huckleberries are prized for making baked goods, jams, jellies, and sauces to accompany meats because of their tart flavour. If you know where they grow, try some yourself. -- Margy