HUCKLEBERRY IS THE IDAHO STATE FRUIT!
Tastes of Idaho is proud to offer the widest and largest selection of "made in Idaho" huckleberry goodies, gourmet and specialty foods, and huckleberry theme personal care and gift items.
Most food products are made with real wild huckleberries, but some use natural or artificial huckleberry flavorings, when a "real huckleberry" ingredient is not available or suitable for a particular goodie.
Huckleberries come from the genus Vaccinium, and are closely related to blueberries and cranberries. While membranaceum is by far the most common huckleberry species found in Idaho (and Montana), a handful of other species may creep over from the Cascade Mountains. They all taste about the same.
The terms bilberry (what they are called in the dietary supplement industry) and whortleberry are synonymous with the term huckleberry.
For more information, please peruse our blog at WILD HUCKLEBERRY, THE largest and most comprehensive blog about huckleberries on the internet.
PS There is a rural myth that's been around for years, that huckleberries cannot be domesticated. We are not completely sure of the source of this common misconception, but it probably is derived from the fact that huckleberries grow in colonies, spread through rhizomes. The entire patch is often just one plant, although colonies can interweave and often do. As a result, efforts to transplant what is really just a branch, usually do not work. Hence the myth.
The truth is that huckleberry can be grown very easily from the seed of ripe berries. Seedlings are quite small, and it takes about five years to start bearing fruit, and then, only if your ground and conditions are suitable.
If you are versed in lab propagation methods, those will also work.
Some plant nurseries also sell established huckleberry plant starts for your transplanting efforts.
A huckleberry farm near Rathdrum, Idaho with 1200 plants, was started about 2010, after the owner, Joe Culbreth worked with Dr. Dan Barney, who was the lead researcher on huckleberries (before they closed the program due to budget) at the University of Idaho experiment station in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Joe's plants started producing berries in 2016. Below are some articles about his farm, in case you don't want to believe us. Hah!
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