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Glacier National Park Local Customs: 7 reviews and 9 photos
Eating berries in the wild is one of the great joys of Glacier National Park. I was first exposed to this in Alaska, gathering blueberries around the campgrounds there but on our 2008 trip around the US western National Parks I discovered the joy of eating them while hiking. The first time we noticed people doing it was in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon but the Thimbleberries were not really quite in season and the few ripe ones all seemed to be taken. So, we only got a small taste.
Well, it was a little past prime time for the Thimbleberries in Glacier but the Huckleberries were very much in full force. We would walk along the trails and stop every so often to gobble up a bunch of the delicious berries whenever we saw a nice batch of them, and that was pretty often. When we did find Thimbleberries they were even nicer. Much like Raspberries, Thimbleberries are not true berries but aggregate fruits clustered around a core. Who cares, they taste like berries to me! Huckleberries, on the other hand, are true berries and very closely related to blueberries though generally have less but bigger seeds. They were all tasty and best yet, free. Just don't forget to make noise before you dig in as they are not just our favorites, they are bears' favorites too.
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