[nafex] Western Huckleberry: Vaccinium Ovatum

rick valley bamboogrove at cmug.com
Mon Mar 26 13:57:08 EST 2001


>V. ovatum generally has
>pretty small berries that take an awful lot of work to pick and they tend to
>be a bit dry.  Even if the plants do well, you'll likely wind up leaving
>them for the birds before long.  The evergreen foliage is nice (it's often
>used by florists for greens) and it gets a bronzy look in cold weather.  It
>DOES grow in partial shade - it's a common understory plant in the Pacific
>NW.  
Which is to say that there hasn't really been an attempt to select the 
best yet; At their best, they're easy to pick and delicious, with great 
potential for shelf-life. So far they're primarily an edible landscaping 
plant, but could be more than that.
-Rick


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