PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Black Huckleberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Gaylussacia baccata /            Ericaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

sweet/spicy

RAW/DRY/COOK

Aug-Sep

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION:

 

COMMENT:  Fruit - raw or cooked. Deliciously spicy and sweet, they can be eaten out of hand or used in pies, preserves etc. They can also be dried for later use. The dried fruit can be ground into a powder then mixed with cereal flours to make bread. The fruit is rather seedy. (1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Astringent;  Miscellany.  An infusion of the leaves, or the bark, has been used in the treatment of dysentery. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of Bright's disease.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Dye.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Gaylussacia+baccata
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/gaylussacia-huckleberry-history-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaylussacia_baccata  
  4. https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/gaylussacia/baccata