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Red Huckleberry · Vaccinium parvifolium

Vaccinium parvifolium
Vaccinium parvifolium ©Lory Duralia

Description: This erect, deciduous shrub (4-10 ft.) with lacey foliage and edible red berries is appreciated as a delectible food source by people and by wildlife. Red huckleberry is a familiar member of the understory in coniferous forests. Plant with evergreen huckleberry for greater beauty and berry selection. Part sun/shade, low-regular water, acidic soil with lots of rotted wood.

Grandma Nancy’s Favorite Recipes

Huckleberry Pie

Prepare pastry for two crust 9" pies.

Combine: ¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
3 tbs.flour
½ tsp. Cinnamon
dash salt

Mix with 4 cups berries – toss lightly. Fill bottom crust – dot with butter. Adjust top crust – cut slits for escape of steam. Seal edges – bake at 400 degrees,35-40 minutes.

Huckleberry Pancakes

1 1/4 cup flour
3 tsp.baking powder
1 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 Tbs. salad oil

Sift dry ingredients. Combine egg, milk, and oil. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fold in gently 1 cup huckleberries. Bake on hot griddle. Makes 12 dollar size.

Huckleberry Fritters

3 Tbs. sugar
1 cup commercial biscuit mix
1/3 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup huckleberries
powdered sugar

Mix ingredients together and drop by spoonfuls into hot fat. When they are nicely browned, drain on paper towels or paper bag and sprinkle with powdered sugar.