The New Student's Reference Work/Huckleberry


Huck′leberry, the fruit of various species of Vaceinium and Gaylussacia, genera which belong to the heath family and are sometimes considered as forming a family by themselves, known as the huckleberry family. The former genus is restricted to America and contains about 40 species; the latter is widely distributed and contains about 125 species. The huckleberries, and the various species have received numerous names, such as tangleberry, whortleberry, bilberry, deerberry, farkleberry etc. The common huckleberry of the markets is Gaylussacia resinosa, the black huckleberry. The species of Vaceinium are more frequently called blueberries.