Huckleberry Recipes Can Substitute for Blueberries

The box huckleberry is either tasteless or sweet like a blueberry depending on what you read. It’s evident that somebody has tasted the wrong berry or misidentified their berry. Blueberries are similar to huckleberries. There are several types of each plant, so one would expect that they don’t all taste the same. It seems that … Read more

Box Huckleberry and Mountain Laurel

A day trip to the Hoverter and Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area in the Tuscarora State Forest was a delight for this first-time visit. Access is about a half-mile down Huckleberry Road from Route 34, just south of New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pennsylvania. Hoverter and Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area in the Tuscarora State Forest, … Read more

Wintergreen Bells Open for Teaberry Blooms

Wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens, is also called Checkerberry or Teaberry. You might be familiar with Teaberry Gum or Teaberry Ice Cream – well, the flavor comes from wintergreen. It’s a low-growing plant that can be found in woodlands, especially in northern areas of the eastern US and Canada, and in the mountains toward the south. It’s … Read more

Huckleberries On the Mountain Ridge Are Lowbush Blueberries

We made an interesting discovery this year in our wooded acres on the mountain ridge. A lot of undergrowth is present near the wood’s edge. That’s not too surprising because the deer population has a lot of choice of what to eat around here in the country. We see them crossing our property as they … Read more

Whorled Pogonia Two With Seeds

Very few Whorled Pogonia plants flowered in 2010, but of the four individuals that did only two appeared to have been fertilized as noted by the developing seed heads. Whorled pogonia may only spread successfully by their root system, judging by the sparse seed output this year and total lack of flower production in prior … Read more

Pink Lady’s Slipper Moccasin Flower Blooming in Pennsylvania

Image via Wikipedia Lady Slipper Pink Lady Slipper or Moccasin Flower Blooming in Pennsylvania, 30 April 2010. Checking on the huckleberry plants the other week I was pleasantly surprised to see the Pink Lady’s Slipper or Moccasin Flower, Cypripedium acaule. After I saw one I looked for more lady slippers and found a number of … Read more