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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: 13
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

84.6% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Northern MI
Location:
Upper Peninsula, MI
Date:
December 17, 2014
          2.0
 
I wanted to like these...
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Grew like a weed

What are the cons? Volunteered everywhere

Review:

I really wanted to like these, I really did. They grew huge and quite easily in my garden, so huge in fact, that I had a heck of a time getting the root and ball out at the end of the season. The stalk had to be about 3" at the base and very woody. It's a tough plant I'll give it that. I tried the fruit and to me it tasted a bit like a tomato... but with less flavor. Personal taste, I didn't care for it. Maybe if I had let it frost like others said it might have been better? The next year I had a lot of weeds all over my yard, not just in the garden. At the end of the year I realized they were all Wonderberries - ARGH!!! They volunteered EVERYWHERE. The volunteers happened after we had -30 weather, remember the polar vortex? The volunteers survived that Northern Michigan weather! Fruitful and easy to grow, yes they are, and if you like the taste of them - you will love these plants. One plant probably yielded one full ice cream bucket - it was loaded.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
JennyK
Location:
Upton, MA
Date:
December 13, 2014
          5.0
 
Keeper
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? nada

Review:

I ignored these plants and they thrived. The trick for these is just like another reviewer mentioned, baking soda. This removes the metallic or funk taste and then you can add your sweetener. We harvested the black berries, it didn't matter if we had a frost or if they were the dull black ripe ones, the baking soda "fixes" them. Seriously delicious pies. Huge yields, I have bags and bags in the deep freeze, will probably be able to grow every other year due to the large yield. Did not need any support, truly worry free for us. Don't try eating off the vine....

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 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

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3 out of 3 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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14 out of 14 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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