Huckleberries Safe?

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ChucklingPigs

Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:46 pm


Hello,

I want to know if huckleberries are safe to feed to piggies? I live in a state where huckleberries are a common thing to buy and I love huckleberries for my consumption but want to know if it’s a safe treat for Guinea Pigs

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:05 pm


I imagine they are safe. What are they like? If they are high in sugars, you would want to give them infrequently.

ChucklingPigs

Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:30 pm


They are a wild berry that grows in the Rockies and bunch of animals eat them and so do humans, they are super good. I’m sure they are high in sugars, but could be used as a treat as most fruits I have read should be used as treat.

rjespicer

Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:37 pm


Best info I could find on nutritional data adjusted for a 10 cal serving
https://www.fitday.com/fitness/BrowseNutrition.html?_a_Date= ... ies_raw.html

ChucklingPigs

Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:39 pm


Definitely use as a treat

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:41 pm


Actually, they grow all over the country. I spent many an hour in south Mississippi picking huckleberries when I was a kid. Huckleberry pie is still one of my favorites.

ChucklingPigs

Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:18 pm


I make all kinds of stuff with huckleberries, jam, syrup, juice, mix into ice cream or smoothies or drinks. I love it

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:29 pm


Sounds like they are perhaps related to blueberries but only found on the west coast. We have high bush blueberries on the east coast (I had some growing voluntarily in my garden area).
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/differences-between-huckleberry-highbush-blueberries-73434.html

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:19 pm


They aren't only found on the west coast. I've eaten them in the south all my life. I've eaten them on the west coast. They're the same thing, and while they may be a variety of blueberries, there's a definite difference between a blueberry and a huckleberry.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:15 am


Are the ones you ate in the south on plants that are evergreen? That seems to be one of the criteria sfgate is using for distinguishing between huckleberries (evergreen) and high bush blueberries (deciduous).

Edit: I found lots of deciduous huckleberries here:
http://www.nwplants.com/business/catalog/indexVaccinium.html

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:54 pm


https://msfruitextension.wordpress.com/tag/huckleberry/

About the middle of the page is a paragraph about southern huckleberries.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:45 pm


What do they taste like, bpatters?

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:55 pm


Like huckleberries. There's nothing else quite like them. They're definitely not a blueberry.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:05 pm


The only thing I know about huckleberries is "Huckleberry Hound".

rjespicer

Post   » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:39 pm


Not Huckleberry Finn?

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lisam

Post   » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:55 pm


The red huckleberry is my favorite. It's deciduous. And delicious.
http://www.nwplants.com/business/catalog/vac_par.html

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:11 pm


"Huckleberry Finn"

Oh yeah! Forgot about that one.

I've never seen huckleberries being sold in farmers markets around here - do they have a short season? I love black raspberries, but I've only found them at one farm & they're only there for one week each summer. As a kid in Kansas City, my mom had a black raspberry bush & ate them right off the bush.

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:13 pm


Huckleberries are hard to pick. They don't grow in clumps, and they're small berries. It takes a lot of effort to pick enough for a pie. You'd have to charge so much for them that you could only sell them to people who already liked them.

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