Red Huckleberry

Vaccinium parvifolium
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: sqw’uqwtsus
  • Description: Deciduous shrub with tiny lime-green leaves and elegant architecture. Urn-shaped white flowers in early spring, followed by tasty red berries.
  • Habitat: Moist, shady, rich coniferous forests and clearings, often on stumps.
  • Harvest: Small, bright red berries ripen in early-to-mid summer.
  • Edibility: Huckleberries are tasty raw and cooked. Makes a fantastic jelly.
  • Fun Fact: Traditionally, sqw’uqwtsus berries were harvested by hitting the branches with a stick, letting the ripest ones fall into a basket.

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