I confess that I didn’t know what a huckleberry was. Did you?
I had to do some research. It turns out that a huckleberry is a blueberry.
Blueberry! I know blueberries. Here in Michigan we grow beautiful ones. They’re huge (some as big as nickels), and juicy, and delicious, and… Can you tell I’m ready for the u-pick season to start?
Now, back to our book. Why is our main character named Huckleberry? I took a peek at The Annotated Huckleberry Finn to see if I could find out why. Not native to Missouri, Twain learned about huckleberries while visiting Connecticut.
They are a new beverage to me… They are excellent. I had always thought a huckleberry was something like a turnip. On the contrary, they are no larger than buckshot. They are better than buckshot, though, and more digestible.” (from “Morality and Huckleberries” San Francisco Alta California, Sept. 6, 1868)
Again I ask, “Why bestow the fruit’s name on the boy?” The Annotated HF says, “The word indicated something small and of little consequence.”
oh. That’s a little sad. I suppose Huck’s parents wouldn’t have lovingly poured over baby name books when selecting a moniker for their newborn.
That’s alright, Huck. I like your name, and I like the fruit for which you were named.
I like it so much that I think I will pull out a package of frozen huckleberries and bake something more digestible than buckshot.