Ericaceae Vaccinium myrtilloides Michx.

Velvetleaf Huckleberry

Algonquin, Quebec - Food, Fruit

Use documented by:
Black, Meredith Jean, 1980, Algonquin Ethnobotany: An Interpretation of Aboriginal Adaptation in South Western Quebec, Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series Number 65, page 103

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Scientific name: Vaccinium myrtilloides Michx.
USDA symbol: VAMY (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Velvetleaf Huckleberry
Family: Ericaceae
Family (APG): Ericaceae
Native American Tribe: Algonquin, Quebec
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Fruit
Notes: Fruit gathered to eat and sell. Blueberries were probably the most highly regarded wild plant food in the study area. They were locally abundant and individuals and families from bands not in the vicinity of good blueberry fields travelled considerable distances in order to pick berries for themselves and to sell. During the course of field studies members of the River Desert band travelled northwest of their area ninety miles and more. Members of the Weymontaching Cree band were met near Clova in the Obedjiwan band area. They had travelled to this location by train in order to pick blueberries and meet with relatives.

RECRD: 10973 id: 42099