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From: "Patty Allen" <>
Subject: Cultural Tidbits
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 16:12:47 -0700

**** Cultural Tidbits ****


Huckleberries ripen in late May and early June and are relished by the
Cherokees. Being able to go out into the woods and gather some huckleberries
is considered by many of them to be an essential aspect of their identity, a
part of the ritual of being Cherokee. In good years, buckets and tubs of the
small round purplish-blue berries are often seen in roadside stands as they
are offered for sale to help provide income.

Huckleberries can be eaten fresh with milk and sugar or in a kind of
shortcake. They can be cooked in pies and cobblers, with dumplings, and
canned or frozen for later use. Another perhaps more traditional way of
preparing huckleberries, one that surprises most people when they first hear
of it, is to fry them. In their season, fried huckleberries might comprise a
total meal at times.

Huckleberries grow in well drained open woodlands. The bushes grow one to
three feet high in scattered patches where growing conditions are right,
usually on or near hilltops.

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