[nafex] Garden huckleberries

franc at oregonfast.net franc at oregonfast.net
Fri Mar 29 11:53:39 EST 2002


Ginda, 
To confuse you more, the huckleberry that grows wild around us in 
Oregon is a very delicious small berry that makes much better pies 
than any blueberry. It is our favorite pie in the world, even better 
than rhubarb. Harvests in the late fall and will hang on the bush for 
a long time.
Sam
On 25 Mar 2002 at 23:52, Ginda Fisher wrote:

> Boy, you all confused me. "Huckleberries" are just the vaccinium that
> grows in the woods in NH that isn't either lowbush blueberry or highbush
> blueberry. It tastes a lot like a bland seedy blueberry, which is to
> say, not at all bad. So I would have assumed that "garden
> huckleberries" are just huckleberries growing in someone's garden.
> 
> Where does this Solanaceae grow?
> 
> Thanks,
> Ginda Fisher
> 
> "Lon J. Rombough" wrote:
> > 
> > One of the annoyances of "garden huckleberries" is that the common name is
> > applied to several species. S. melanocerasum IS horrid. But S. burbankii,
> > which looks similar, is sweet and edible right from the bush. Like many
> > gardeners, I went through the usual testing of different "Garden
> > Huckleberries" years ago and all were rank, unpleasant things until I got
> > some of the true S. burbankii. The flaws of the fruit are that the berries
> > are soft and juicy, making them a mess to pick, the birds will spread them
> > thoroughly, so that I have no need to plant them any more - they come up
> > everywhere, and the plants look a lot like S. nigrum, which is supposed to
> > be poisonous. Dr. Charles Heiser in Indiana is a Solanaceae expert who wrote
> > a book that covers the Garden Huckleberry story extremely well. Look for it
> > and save yourself years of growing foul, unpleasant types like S.
> > melanocerasum.
> > -Lon Rombough
> > ----------
> > >From: Lucky Pittman <Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu>
> > >To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
> > >Subject: [nafex] Garden huckleberries
> > >Date: Mon, Mar 25, 2002, 10:03 AM
> > >
> > 
> > >At 08:13 AM 03/23/2002 -0600, Donna wrote:
> > >
> > >> I'm afraid that writers for Pomona may not have much to say about
> > >>their fruit crops in 2002. Maybe it will be a year for writing about 
> garden
> > >>huckleberries (yechh!!!) and ground cherries. I've tried them in cobblers
> > >>with apples, and the ground cherries are pretty decent.
> > >
> > >Yechh! is right.
> > >
> > >I grew those infamous 'garden huckleberries' (Solanum melanocerasum, if I
> > >remember the scientific name correctly) one year in MO. Beautiful plants,
> > >about 3-4 ft tall, big clusters of white blossoms & big clusters of juicy
> > >blue-black berries, bigger than any of the selected blueberry varieties.
> > >BUT!!! Even after boiling, leaching, and treatment with baking soda to
> > >'neutralize' toxins, and addition of lots & lots of sugar, grape juice, and
> > >a little lemon juice, pies & jams left me with a very discomforting
> > >metallic aftertaste, suggesting that all the toxic alkaloids had not been
> > >removed or neutralized.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Lucky Pittman
> > >USDA Zone 6
> > >Hopkinsville, KY
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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