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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.

 
Garden Huckleberry
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 11
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

81.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
SBennett
Location:
Placerville, CA
Date:
November 10, 2014
          5.0
 
Good for container gardens too
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? So easy to grow, heavy yield

What are the cons? be patient, don't rush harvest

Review:

This is my second year growing these super easy berries. I followed advice from other gardeners to delay harvest til after first frost. The frost killed the leaves but the berries were untouched. I grew them in a 2x3 container and failed to thin them so they were very overcrowded - didn't seem to bother them. They needed extra water on days over 100 degrees. My total yield from the one container was about 5 lbs. I froze them and months later used the preparation method from (I think) Sandhill Preservation as far as how to cook, then cooled them and went forward with the Sure-Jell freezer jam recipe for blueberries. It made a nice jam with mild berry flavor, maybe more lemon next time or mix with some of another berry. I will have lots of chance to experiment, still have some in the freezer and the plants reseeded on their own with zero help from me, so this year's crop is due for harvest in a few weeks when we have our first frost. Give these a try, they grow like weeds, so easy!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
AmyB
Location:
Lobelville, TN
Date:
July 27, 2014
          2.0
 
Prolific but not so tasty
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Prolific production!

What are the cons? Flavorless berries

Review:

I grew four bushes in my garden this year--one died almost overnight of what appeared to be wilt. They quickly set many MANY fruits. I waited to harvest our first sample until long after the berries were black and finally tender (sort of squishy but based on one of the other reviews, perhaps they needed even longer to produce flavorful fruit). I baked the berries into a crumble. They had no flavor and did not cook down at all (nobody much cared for the texture after they were cooked). I was very impressed with the yield and ease of growing. Alas, they took up so much space in my tomato patch for flavorless berries that I pulled the bushes up to make room for a new mid-summer planting. I won't grow them again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
lizzybeth
Location:
Ann Arbor, MI
Date:
April 22, 2014
          5.0
 
best way to cook huckleberry
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? flavorful pie

What are the cons? waiting until a frost to pick

Review:

I have only ever made huckleberries into pie, but the secret for cooking them is to add a little baking soda to the cooking water after they have cooked for a bit. The water will foam up green as grass. Drain and rinse, then add fresh water and resume with the rest of the recipe: sugar, thickener, etc.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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29 out of 30 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
thecookhousegardener
Location:
Citrus Heights, CA
Date:
December 8, 2013
          5.0
 
Excellent production for jam
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, prolific

What are the cons? time-consuming to harvest

Review:

We tried these for the first time in Zone 9, Sacramento; I started and planted 6 in full sun in late May. Did fine in the soaring temps of summer. They grew about a gallon of berries per plant, which provided an ample supply for jam-making. We waited mid / late October to harvest, right at the point some of the early ripened berries were just beginning to shrivel. We wanted to maximize the number of harvested ripe berries, as well as harvest all at once and for maximum flavor. The jam's flavor is quite similar to mountain huckleberry and is on our shelf as a favorite. For harvest, I cut stalks off at the base of the plant, sit in a chair to pick the berries into a large bowl. The trick to picking the berries without breaking off the small stems is to not pull the berry straight out from the stem, but to tilt the berry 90 degrees to the stem.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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18 out of 19 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Albuquerque gardener
Date:
November 6, 2012
          5.0
 
worth growing, time-consuming to harvest
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros?

What are the cons?

Review:

As I hope the product description makes clear, these are NOT American huckleberries. My seeds germinated very well, went into the garden in early May. I harvested in mid-October. Even the berries that set in June still seemed plump and on the plants then. Plants need substantial water. I froze my harvest. It probably took at least an hour to harvest enough berries (1/8" to 1/4" diameter) to get one gallon of frozen berries. They are excellent added to oatmeal. Be warned about harvest time if you plan to make a pie.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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