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Huckle Berry

Huckleberries are edible and quite tasty. The small, round berries resemble blueberries. In some parts of the United States, huckleberries might be called blueberries and blueberries might be called huckleberries. The taste is also often compared to that of blueberries, although it is distinct.

 

Throughout North America, people use the name “huckleberry” to refer to several different plants from the Ericaceae family. Some species of huckleberries fall into the genus Gaylussacia, while others are part of the genus Vaccinium.

 

The different types of huckleberries include the black, box, dwarf, and thinleaf. Red ones grow primarily in the western part of North America, preferring slightly acidic soils in the coastal regions. The black and dwarf plants grow mostly in the mid- and eastern part of the continent, while the woolly and Confederate huckleberry grows in the southern US. These plants haven’t been domesticated, and different varieties grow wild throughout North America.

 

The berries ripen in mid- to late summer, often reaching their peak in August, although this can depend of the variety, location, and growing conditions. Very few are available in grocery stores; the best place to look for them is either in the wild or at local farmers markets. Since they are not grown commercially, they are often more expensive than other berries.

 

One serving of wild huckleberries has more antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable, thus helping a person to fight against aging, cancer and health diseases. Huckleberries aid pancreas in digesting sugars and starches.

 

Since the berries are high in iron, they help in building blood. Being a good source of vitamin B, huckleberry supports and speeds up the metabolism rate, keeps skin and muscle tone healthy. It improves immune system function, promotes cell growth and division and helps in preventing pancreatic cancer.


Since it is high in vitamin C, the berry protects body against immune deficiencies, cardiovascular diseases, prenatal health problems, and eye diseases.

It also helps in protecting the cells against the damaging effects of free radicals and prevents premature skin wrinkling.

 

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