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Garden Huckleberry (35 seeds) (GR103) $2.00

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Garden Huckleberry

         
 
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(Solanum melanocerasum) 75 days. Large purple berries that are cooked and sweetened, (do not eat raw). Great in pies; huge yields of fruit all summer long. Plant 14 inches apart. Strong tall plants do not have to be staked. Grow plants like peppers. Great for anyone wanting quick easy berries and a huge yield. Originated in Africa. Only eat fully ripened fruit with no green left on the berry, as unripened fruit can be poisonous.
 
Garden Huckleberry
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 23
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0

78.3% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
mcsnail
Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Date:
September 19, 2017
          2.0
 
not worth it to me
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? robust, interesting looking

What are the cons? didn't care for fruit

Review:

I'm determined to try all the garden berries until I find the ones that work for me. Unfortunately, this one didn't. It germinated beautifully, grew into an attractive plant (though with a spread that took up a fair amount of space in the garden) and was covered in berries quite early in the season. The problems: The berries took a LONG time to reach the stage that picking was recommended and didn't do it at the same time--so you kind of had to pick around the ones that were still shiny. We go to upper Michigan every summer and pick berries and have a freezer full of them. These were so inferior in flavor to what we have (or even to what we could purchase cheaply in the grocery store) that they weren't worth the bother. I suppose I could have made a somewhat palatable pie or batch of jam--but why?

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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23 out of 25 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
DumbHillbilly
Location:
Alton, MO, United States
Date:
January 21, 2017
          5.0
 
What Ive been looking for
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Great Yield, versatile

What are the cons? None

Review:

96 pounds off of 12 plants, in the poor Ozark soil! Had to stake or limbs would have broken, some limbs 6' long!. Leave all berries on plant until just before frost, very few will dry out; harvest all at once by clipping clusters off of limbs with pruning shears, then retreat to a comfortable chair to pick berries off clusters. Good keeper without refrigeration. As little as 1/4 C. sugar per cup of cooked berries brings out the blueberry flavor, see no reason to add lemon juice. Not tried the soda bath, very pleased with muffins, pies & jam w/o soda bath. Jam w/o added pectin, but don't over cook or will be "chewy". For jam use 2/3 - 3/4 C. sugar/C. pureed berries, slow boil ~15 minutes. Interesting, the color is acid sensitive, hence the reported color changes during soda bath technique. Started a batch of wine expecting the dark purple color, but the acidity of the "must" (0.6% total acids) changed the color to very light amber like a Chardonnay. Should make very good wine.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
JRegen
Location:
Marietta, GA, United States
Date:
January 6, 2017
          1.0
 
My least favorite berry
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, pest free

What are the cons? The berries are awful

Review:

This plant grew easily, heartily, and strong. I only grew one plant for fear of growing too many huckleberries. As it turned out, one was too many. The berries look attractive and edible, but they are full of slimy seeds and have absolutely no flavor at all. They taste like nothing. I tried making a jam out of it, and it set up very thick. It tasted like pure sugar, since the berries had no flavor at all. Even the birds and squirrels avoided touching these berries. I think they instinctively knew that they were of no culinary value. The solanum nigrum (sold on this site as "blackberry") that volunteered had 100x more flavor than this solanum species. Avoid.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Trip
Location:
Bozeman, MT, United States
Date:
September 20, 2016
          5.0
 
Amazing
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, prolific, tasty!

What are the cons? None!

Review:

These are SO amazing! My best advice, harvest them in bright direct sunlight and only keep the dark black ones. They have the best flavor. Also, take the time to do the baking soda bath. These grew with no upkeep once I put them outside on a drip line. I literally never weeded or did anything for them. We waited for one minor frost to harvest. From 8 plants we got 80 pounds of berries. I sold a bunch and still had well over 150 cups of berries. Freeze awesome. Harvesting tips, rip out the bush, sit in a comfy chair and enjoy some beers. I will replant new ones every year since their yield is highest the first year, and I start tomatoes and peppers anyways, so it's no big deal.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
gardenerbec
Location:
Boise, ID, United States
Date:
September 10, 2016
          4.0
 
Heavy heavy producer.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? heavy producer, tasty cooked

What are the cons? hard to pick, can't eat raw

Review:

These stalky little plants are not much bigger than pepper plants (perhaps longer branches), but produce massive amounts of berries. Like a gallon freeze bag at a time. I have 2 racks of my freezer filled from 2 of my 6 plants. In terms of volume, I'd be hard pressed to thank of another plant that produces such a heavy crop in such a small space. Berries are totally beautiful. Plants are very attractive. I have no idea if they are toxic to pets, so I kept mine on the other side of the garden fence. The berries are hard to pick. They don't come from the plant easily. Even when fully ripe. I ended up tearing out my plants and plopping them in the kitchen sink to pull the berries off because one could squat for days in the pick. If you have kids that you can trust not to try to eat 'em raw, this would be a great backyard crop to get the youngsters to harvest. Go over to the white strawberries, plant those, and reward the kids by letting them eat those raw after. :)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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