This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
Plant in rows four feet apart and cultivate and prune the same as for the Currant. A very desirable fruit that we consider a valuable acquisition to the garden fruits; the bushes resemble the Currant in habit of growth. The fruit is twice the size of the Huckleberry, matures in June, is round, reddish purple at first, changing to bluish black when fully ripe. In flavor it is similar to the swamp huckleberry, which it resembles in appearance also. It is rich, sub-acid, delicious, and is excellent for cooking. A very profuse bearer. It is hardy, succeeding well in cold climates, also being adapted to warm countries.