Janet Reed wrote:
Would you happen to know the botanical name?
Same ecosystem, but there's something in raw huckleberries I CAN NOT eat. It seems weird, but I tested it carefully and I have a strong stomach reaction and I've also double checked my identification - similar fruit structure as the local Saskatoon berries and Blueberries which I am able to eat. So it's a good reminder to taste-test any new plant carefully.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:What I know as "huckleberry" is a small red fruit, half the size of large pea, or the same size as a small pea. It is a very pale red to orangey pink, and looks so much like a salmon egg they are often used in fishing as bait.
The flavor is delicious, tart and sweet, and they sort of pop as you bite down. They grow on a low bush, love the shaded environment of our coastal rain forest, often preferring fallen Doug fir trunks and stumps to grow from. Even a perfectly loaded bush would likely only yield a cup of berries, as they grow individually, not clustered (like grapes).
These were one of the first fruits we learned to identify as children on hikes, and a laden bush was always a welcome, thirst quenching delight.
Possibly - they're under-story to cedar and Doug Fir on my land, and I have a history of getting hives from "unidentified tree pollen" in years when spring hit suddenly.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Jay: any chance it could be a pollen or spore reaction to other plants/trees??? Just a thought.
roberta mccanse wrote:
We have planted a traffic island with things that aren't supposed to tempt deer. Don't want them getting hit by the cars whizzing by. Not much of what we planted there is edible however. Who wants to eat barberry?
I have chickens that will eat Canada Thistle, so there always seems to be something that has a trick to get through the defenses!
roberta mccanse wrote:Some may want to eat barberries. My point was that deer, and others, will probably not want to eat the spiky bushes. Ouch.
Much is dependent on just how hungry the deer are and how much they like what you're growing. There are things I do which helps, but are no guarantee. For example, I pin male dog fur on stakes or low fencing and that sometimes deters them (you have to refresh it seasonally and after the birds steal it for nests - stacking functions!) I've tried planting walking onion and garlic in a ring around some plants and it's helped, but last year a deer ate all the garlic I planted in a friend's garden for her. I've tried putting different sized plant pots/boxes/cans around plants to make a chaotic barrier and it's helped. One section of fencing which was too low to keep deer from jumping, I slid the top bits and branches of bamboo into it to make the upper edge poky and uneven and they didn't jump it, but I believe they will eat bamboo shoots - at least Phyllostachys dulcis - as I *thought* the fencing I'd put up was tall enough to stop the geese from eating it, and something chewed the top. My local deer are definitely more attracted to certain plants - they particularly like my espalier Asian pear tree, ripe tomatoes, and I'll swear bean plants are their equivalent of morning coffee smell calling coffee aficionados.
Ryan Kremer wrote:Do thorny plants like blackberry brambles deter deer at all? I want to protect my cherry trees which the deer go after hard. I've seen on Edible Acres Youtube channel that tall, dry grasses like miscanthus stalks and likely bamboo tend to protect plants from deer but have not tried this myself yet.