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THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014, 8:41 A.M.

Huckleberry festivals mark ripening of Idaho state fruit

A girl feasts on huckleberries during the Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. (Courtesy photo)
A girl feasts on huckleberries during the Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. (Courtesy photo)

WILD EDIBLES -- The huckleberry harvest season is underway at lower elevations and the pleasure is working its way up the region’s mountainsides as the berries ripen. People and communities have taken note:

The berries are ripening at higher elevations this week, but the peak rage of ripe berries occurs in August. With my family in tow, I have to add hours to the hiking time into a Cabinet or Bitterroot mountains backpacking destination. It's hard to walk past a booming patch of hucks.

High areas in the Selkirk Mountains, such as Roman Nose, provide good picking into September.




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