Huckleberries were traditionally collected by Native American people for use as food or traditional medicine. The berries are small and round, 5–10 millimetres in diameter, and look like large dark blueberries. In taste, they may be tart, with a flavour similar to that of a blueberry, especially in blue- and purple-coloured varieties, and some have noticeably larger, bitter seeds. The fruit is versatile in various foods or beverages, including jam, pudding, candy, pie, muffins, pancakes, salad dressings, juice, tea, soup, and syrup. Traditional medical applications included treating pain, heart ailments, and infections.
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