Where Are The Huckleberries

Huckleberry Heart by John Ashley


Where are the huckleberries?  We’re hearing the huckleberries are ready for picking.  Where do you go to pick huckleberries?  Are you willing to tell us?

Here are the step by step instructions for picking huckleberries, according to eHow.

  • Check out a gardening book from the library so that you will know what a huckleberry bush looks like. You can also visit websites with huckleberry pictures (see Resources).
  • Read a map and find a location in Idaho that is between 2,000 and 11,000 feet above sea level, which are the most likely elevations to find huckleberries. The black huckleberry variety is usually found between 2,000 and 6,000 feet, while other varieties are at higher elevations.
  • Drive around until you find an open area of land with low-growing vegetation. Huckleberry bushes do not grow under trees and prefer full sun exposure. According to the Wild Huckleberry website, some good locations are areas where logging occurs and areas of previous controlled burns
  • Walk through the area and look for a medium-to-large size shrub that is 1 to 6 feet tall for black huckleberries and up to 15 feet tall for other huckleberry varieties. The berries are round, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and are either dark purple or dark blue. The leaves of the bush will be a copper color at the tip.
  • Pick the huckleberries off of the shrub using your fingers and put them into a plastic food storage container. Place a lid on top of the storage container and take the huckleberries home.


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