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Garden Huckleberries

Garden Huckleberry bushes grow up to 3 feet (1 metre) tall, with large leaves and flowering with white blossoms.

Throughout the summer, the bush produces clusters of very dark berries, 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1 to 1 1/2 cm) wide.

The fruit ripens from glossy dark to dull dark 2 weeks later. The berries are poisonous until they are dull black and dark.

Garden Huckleberries are very bitter when eaten raw. They need to be cooked, and really sweetened. Some people say you have to add so much sugar to make them bearable that you might as well start off with tapioca.

The juice really stains.

Even when cooked, Garden Huckleberries can be somewhat mealy. Consequently, the bushes are really grown more as an ornamental.

History Notes

Garden Huckleberries are native to Africa.

Language Notes

The Garden Huckleberry is sometimes called Sunberry, confusing it with the Sunberry developed by Luther Burbank. It is sometimes also called Wonderberry, confusing it with the Wonderberry developed by Luther Burbank.

It is not related to huckleberries at all, despite the name.


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Also called:

Solanum melanocerasum, Solanum nigrum guineense (Scientific Name)


Oulton, Randal. "Garden Huckleberries." CooksInfo.com. Published 21 January 2006; revised 02 December 2007. Web. Accessed 03/23/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/garden-huckleberries>.

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