[NAFEX] Huckleberry

Hans Brinkmann hans-brinkmann at t-online.de
Wed May 23 19:51:38 EDT 2007

Hallo Jim,
The USA is the largest producer of Vaccinium berries (I do not mean 
Vaccinium membranaceum)
at the world - 120 000 tons per year = 55% !
Canada is producing 30% and Poland 10% of the world-production.
But the USA is also the only country at the world which released already 
3 gen-manipulated Vaccinium cultivars.


Jim Fruth schrieb:
>     I have questions about Huckleberries:  Is there enough interest in 
> Huckleberries to have a NAFEX group?
>     Does anyone raise either Vaccinium membranaceum, Black Huckleberry, aka 
> Western Huckleberry?  Does Anyone raise Eastern Huckleberry, Gaylussacia 
> baccata?
>     When I went looking for Western Huckleberry plants, I found the natives, 
> especially Montanans, to be very covetous of their native jelly berry.  They 
> refused to sell me any!!!  I did finally find someone who would sell plants 
> and, though they rated them as zone 3 hardy, didn't offer me much hope of 
> survival in Minnesota.  I bought 12 and nine made it through their first 
> Winter, some of them just barely - I had a snowless Winter.
>     When I went looking for Eastern Huckleberry plants, I found lots of 
> (Eastern) Huckleberry Jelly but no plants.  I finally did find one nursery 
> who said they had (Gaylussacia baccata) plants but, for unsaid reasons, they 
> refused to sell me any.  I finally found some growing wild in Wisconsin.
>     Okay, so now I have plants.  Do I have to figure out how to grow them by 
> myself or has anyone gone before me and already succeeded.  I would 
> appreciate any and all information.  Thanks,
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
> www.bberryfarm.com
> (218)568-8483 [Store]
> (218)831-7018 [My Cell] 
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