Huckleberry (Baker Creek)
Originally from Africa, the Garden Huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum) grows 2- to 3-ft tall and produces heavy yields all summer long. Shiny, purple-black fruits taste best when cooked and sweetened — yummy in baked goods and jams! (75 days)
Each packet contains approximately 35 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Start plants indoors 4-8 weeks prior to the last frost of spring. Surface sow or barely cover with soil to speed germination. Keep planting trays warm and do not allow to dry out — keep moist! Transplant outside after the soil has warmed. Space seedlings two feet apart in all directions.
Harvest after fruits turn from shiny to dull black, and the flesh is soft. Fruits are tasteless when raw and unsweetened, but delicious when made into pies and preserves. For best flavor, add 1 pound of berries to 1/2 cup of sugar.