Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Coastal BC Plants: Red Huckleberry

Red Huckleberry

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.

The Red Huckleberry is a native of British Columbia, and the bright red, tart berries were used by First Nations peoples fresh, with animal fat, and dried for the winter. A mixture with Salal berries was also common.

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


  1. I'd like to taste huckleberries one day. Hmmm, I wonder if Huckleberry Finn got his name because he was a redhead. I don't recall if Mark Tain described is hair coloring.

  2. I immediately thought of Huckleberry Finn, one of my favourite characters in Mark Twain's stories.
    I bet the red huckleberries make divine jam, or even a sauce to go with roast duck,,,,, Yum Yum !
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  3. My father in law used to love huckleberry ice cream, but you can't find it here anymore. We had to look everywhere to find huckleberries to make some for him!

  4. I had them somewhere, but not here!!!

  5. pretty berries!


  6. It has been fun to share our local plants each week.

    Trubes - I've never picked enough to can, but now I know where there are more plants to choose from. Maybe this will be the year.