This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I will try to write a few lines on the subject of huckleberries. I think there is no doubt but it can be domesticated and raised so as to pay in a majority of gardens, especially when the fruit cannot be picked on the wild bushes or bought in the market, which is the case in the western prairies.
Mr. Hammond, in the August number of the Horticulturist, speaks of the different varieties of huckleberries, that no one had given a description of the different kinds.
Professor Gray, in his Field Botany, describes ten varieties Vaccinium corybosum. The blueberry of New England States, growing from 3 feet to 10 feet in height, answers the description of the kind described by Mr. Hammond. That there is a great difference in the quality of the berries of this same variety there is no doubt, and if we go into the cultivation of the berry let us begin with the best, and by a course of reproduction the fruit will be very much improved. Of the different native fruits of our country the grape has had the most attention, and the result has been very satisfactory. The same may be done with the native plum, persimmon and the native berries, all better fruits in their wild state than the apple or pear was.
All fruits and flowers that have been brought into cultivation have been much improved. All flowers in their wild state are single. Cultivation and reproduction makes them double; equally as great changes can be made in the quality of our wild fruits.