Huckleberries

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It’s May and the wild berries are blooming.  I like to take note NOW, so that when things ripen up later in the year, I can beat the birds and other animals to at least some of them.  “Huckleberry” means different things in different regions, but basically refers to a set of wild blueberry species that produce bell-shaped white flowers like this in May, and then each flower produces a single berry sometime between June and August, depending on specific species, climate and soil conditions.  The berries range from dark red through blue to a deep almost-black glossy purple.  The bushes are about 2 feet high, with slightly pointed oval leaves about 2-2.5″ long.  Fortunately, my back yard is full of them – the understory is mostly holly and huckleberry!  Wild berry pancakes are in my future!

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