Now, if I had to pick a town that was the huckleberry capital of the world, I would pick a town in north Idaho or maybe Trout Creek, Montana …. but Jay, Oklahoma??

According to the website, Tulsa World, and along with the Jay, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce (who I contacted several years back with no response), Jay is the Huckleberry Capital of the World!

Here is what the Tulsa World says about the 49th annual huckleberry celebration:

Jay Chamber of Commerce Huckleberry Festival

 John Klein:  The Huckleberry is King in Jay

… The huckleberry is the state fruit of Idaho. It is celebrated in Trout Creek, a small town in northwestern Montana.

But it is in Jay, the Huckleberry Capital of the World, where the fruit is celebrated like no where else.

The National Huckleberry Festival is this week, the 49th annual celebration of a berry that is found all over the hills around this small town sandwiched between Grand Lake and the Arkansas border…

Huckleberries aren’t as plentiful as they once were in the hills around Jay. The plants have diminished over the years, and not as many folks pick huckleberries. It isn’t exactly easy. Huckleberry bushes often flourish in the most dense areas of vegetation in these hills….

“The huckleberries have a pretty strong flavor, so you have to be careful with them,” Coatney said.

That’s why the berries, often a deep purple to deep blue in color, often give the huckleberry milkshakes a pinkish tint.

“The huckleberries are so strong in flavor that they can overtake a milkshake if you use very many,” Coatney said. “It doesn’t take much.”…

There’s an art to making everything from the huckleberry milkshakes to the huckleberry pies.

“Well, obviously, I can’t tell you the recipe for the milkshakes because it is a secret,” Coatney said. “However, I can tell you that everybody just loves them.

“The huckleberries make a great milkshake. And, pie.”

Check out the full article here and decide for yourself!

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Huckleberry Frozen Parfait

Posted June 23, 2016 By sandy

Summer is here and huckleberry season is right around the corner.

Huckleberry parfait sounds really good about now.

Here is a recipe from one of my favorite huckleberry cookbook:  Huckleberry Delights

Huckleberry Frozen Parfait

Serving Size: 4 to 6 servings

Huckleberry Frozen Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup huckleberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 oz. plan yogurt
  • 3 peaches, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan stir together huckleberries and sugar
  2. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; add to huckleberry mixture
  3. Cook over medium hear, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil; boil 1 minute
  4. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice, then cool
  5. Fold yogurt into cooled huckleberries
  6. In glasses, alternately layer huckleberry mixture with peaches and freeze
  7. Remove from freezer 1/2 before serving
  8. When ready to serve, sprinkle with chopped mint leaves for garnish
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Enjoy!!

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Huckleberry Cobbler

Posted June 16, 2016 By sandy

Nothing tastes better than a scoop of vanilla ice cream over a warm huckleberry cobbler!  Unless, of course, it is a scoop of huckleberry ice cream over a warm huckleberry cobbler!

I found this wonder recipe on the Tasting Table website:

Huckleberry Cobbler

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings, depending on how much you like it!!

Huckleberry Cobbler

Ingredients

    For the Filling:
  • Butter, for greasing
  • 4 cups huckleberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • For the Topping:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Make the filling: Preheat the oven to 350º and grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with butter. In a medium bowl, mix together the huckleberries, sugar, cornstarch, lime juice, lime zest, salt and vanilla seeds to coat. Let sit while you prepare the topping.
  2. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until pea-size clumps form. Stir in the milk and macadamia nuts to form a dough.
  3. Toss the berry mixture again now that the sugar has started to pull out the juices of the berries. Transfer to the greased skillet and scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough evenly over the filling. Bake until golden and bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted May 26, 2016 By sandy

One of my favorite ways to enjoy huckleberries is in barbecue sauce.

If you have never had Huckleberry BBQ sauce, you are missing a wonderful combination of sweet and savory sauces for beef, pork or chicken.

First time I had huckleberry barbecue sauce was in a meatball dish.  The gal cooked the meatballs ahead of time; then added them with a bottle of sauce into a crockpot and cooked it awhile longer.  Oh my goodness, it was delicious!

Most Huckleberry BBQ Sauces make great dipping sauces for chips, veggies or meat strips; as a marinade sauce (or with meatballs!); in baked beans or lentils; on your homemade pizzas; as a spread for your cold meat sandwiches; mixed in your specialty salads; in soup or stew or chili …. and I have mixed huckleberry barbecue sauce into vegetables as a sweet sour style flavor.

Several different Huckleberry Barbecue sauces are produced around the Rocky Mountain region — where most huckleberries are harvested.

Here are some of my favorites:

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce:  Made in the Sandpoint, Idaho area, this is my very favorite sauce (and the one used in the meatball dish described above).  This thick style sauce is very flavorful with a mix of tomato sauces, pastes and purees along with huckleberries, blueberries, brown sugar, vinegar, onion and spices.

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

 

Dorothy’s Wild Huckleberry BBQ Sauce Marinade:  A thinner sauce, made in the Boise, Idaho area, is great for marinading your meats and fish before you cook.  This sauce contains many of the same ingredients along with chile and onion powder, paprika, molasses and grilling flavor.

 

HB BBQ

Huckleberry Haven Huckleberry BBQ Sauce from our friends, over the border in Montana.

 

 

 

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Cleaning Huckleberries

Posted May 19, 2016 By sandy

If you have ever picked wild huckleberries, you know that cleaning them can be a challenge.

We have seen many different methods — some more complicated than others — for cleaning these fragile berries.

I found an article on the Wineforest Wild Foods website that describes some suggested cleaning methods:

Cleaning Wild Huckleberries

A bucket of berries harvested by combing and “beating the bushes” contains many leaves and even smaller unripe green berries. Some people submerge the berries in a bucket then skimming off the floating debris. This is the least desirable method. It water logs the berries and dilutes their flavor. Creating a ramp to roll the berries down is certainly the best way. There are numerous variations on the ramp technique. One nice way is to get a long strip of screen or hardware cloth with holes smaller than the size of your berries. Bend the screen into a long gutter-shape. Raise one end at least three feet higher than the other end which should end in a bucket. Pour the unclean berries down the ramp. Leaves will stick in the screen and the smaller green berries should fall through the screen as they roll downhill.

Another easy ramp is just a pair of boards, in a “V” shape, or an old gutter. Line either with an old blanket. The leaves and twigs stick to the blanket while the berries roll away down into a bucket. If you add little horizontal baffles to the gutter or chute, the big clean berries bounce over these obstacles leaving even more particles and debris behind. It’s reminiscent of gold miner’s chutes. This method works best with the larger mountain huckleberries whose stems break off fairly easily.

The coastal evergreens are not as easy to clean. Because of the tenacious stems, hand-picking makes good sense. I often freeze the berries then clean them while frozen. You roll the berries around with your hands on a sheet pan, the stems fall off easily. Then just shake them in a strainer and the stems will fall through.

Check out the full article for pictures, harvesting and preservation methods

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Huckleberry Shallot Relish

Posted May 5, 2016 By sandy

1859 Oregon Magazine shared two article on huckleberries this past week!

The first one, entitled Huckleberry Confidential, shared some interesting information about huckleberries in Oregon:

While often compared to a blueberry, this fruit has a complexity all its own. For the petite, dwarf huckleberries with a redblack hue and the large, bright blue Cascade huckleberry, the signature flavor is a complex balance of sweet and tart. The mountain huckleberry grows in high altitudes rife with acidic soil and is large and dark, with tones varying from deep red to purple black. Favoring the lower elevations and climate of the southern coast of Oregon, red huckleberries grow in delicate clusters and have a sour-tart flavor with a hint of sweetness. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, twelve different species of huckleberries grow throughout Oregon, each with a distinct appearance, flavor and preferred altitude to put down roots.

The second article, Relishing the Huckleberry, featured the following recipe:

Huckleberry Shallot Relish

Huckleberry Shallot Relish

Makes enough for one whole side of grilled salmon or six 6-ounce portions

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup fresh huckleberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds (optional)
  • 1 large shallot (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (minced) lemon zest and juice to taste

Instructions

  1. Place huckleberries in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat sugar, vinegar and coriander seeds in a small sauce pan and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add minced shallots and simmer two minutes.
  4. Pour over huckleberries, stir and set aside to cool.
  5. After the mixture has cooled to room temperature, add fresh thyme and citrus zest.
  6. Spoon over warm grilled salmon.
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2016/05/05/huckleberry-shallot-relish/

Now, doesn’t that look like a delicous relish for salmon!

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Huckleberry Products for Your Event?

Posted April 28, 2016 By sandy

During the spring and summer, Tastes of Idaho, our sister site, does a booming business in special orders for the event industry.

Inquiries come from people holding a summer event, getting married, organizing an workshop or meeting, sending customer gifts…. even planning family reunions… They want to get some huckleberry products, favors, gifts for welcome packets, or just create fun memories… and what better way to do it, than with tasteful and tasty goodies?

With our connections to the huckleberry and Idaho gourmet food industries, we can often put together a special bulk order, even with products we don’t show on our website.

Huckleberry Products for your event

Popular items include lip balms (several flavors, including our top selling huckleberry), 2 oz or 4 oz huckleberry jams, SOAPS in a wide variety of scents and configurations, popcorn, honey, and all kinds of confections.

Oh, and did I mention custom labels are available on many items?? Not every product is available this way with your own logo, company name, or event particulars. But depending on volume, and a small graphics charge, you would be surprised what we can come up with!

Put your special summer (or other event) date and information on your own private label, as a memory maker. Consider the impact of your company name on a huckleberry goodie that will REALLY stand out at a trade show or conference.

Oh, and depending on volume, we can often do a 15% or more discount over regular retail prices!

Give us a holler, and let us do come concierge shopping for you.

Do remember that logistics for these larger orders do require a bit of extra time, ESPECIALLY if you want a custom label.

Last year, we shipped out thousands of cool huckleberry items, including jams, lip balms, soaps, and candy for wedding favors, customer gifts, and conference welcome packs.

Are you associated with an upcoming conference or other event in the near future, that I can help you make even more memorable??

Give me a quick call, and let’s see what we can find and create for you!

Sandy & Malcolm Dell
Tastes of Idaho
888-231-1699

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Everything You Want to Know about Huckleberries

Posted April 22, 2016 By sandy

As you know, we have tons of information about huckleberries on this site — especially about the huckleberries grown in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest region. But we may not have EVERYTHING you want to know about huckleberries!

But, believe it or not, there is some interesting information about huckleberrEverything you want to know about huckleberriesy on Wikipedia

Following is some information from their huckleberry listing:

The name ‘huckleberry’ is a North American variation of the English dialectal name variously called ‘hurtleberry’ or ‘whortleberry’ /ˈwɜːrtəlˌbɛrɪ/ for the bilberry. In North America the name was applied to numerous plant variations all bearing small berries with colors that may be red, blue or black. It is the common name for various Gaylussacia species, and some Vaccinium species, such as Vaccinium parvifolium, the red huckleberry, and is also applied to other Vaccinium species which may also be called blueberries depending upon local custom, as in New England and parts of Appalachia.

The ‘garden huckleberry’ (Solanum scabrum) is not a true huckleberry, but is instead a member of the nightshade family.

Here is the info about our local huckleberries:

From coastal Central California to southern Washington and British Columbia, the red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) is found in the maritime-influenced plant community. In the Pacific Northwest and mountains of Montana and Idaho, this huckleberry species and several others, such as the black Vaccinium huckleberry (V. membranaceum) and blue (Cascade) huckleberry (V. deliciosum), grow in various habitats, such as mid-alpine regions up to 11,500 feet elevation, mountain slopes, forests or lake basins. The plant grows best in damp, acidic soil having volcanic origin, attaining under optimal conditions heights of 1.5 to 2 m (4.9 to 6.6 ft), usually ripening in mid-to-late summer or later at high elevations.

I found it very interesting that many of the quotes in this Wikipedia article are from Dr. Dan Barney, who previously, ran the U of I Research Center in Sandpoint where he worked on several huckleberry projects!

 

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Another Huckleberry Pie Recipe

Posted April 13, 2016 By sandy

“DID YOU KNOW…

That the huckleberry was designated the official state fruit of Idaho in 2000? In fact, Fourth-grade students from Southside Elementary School in Bonner County proposed adopting the huckleberry as Idaho’s state fruit.”

I found this wonderful huckleberry pie recipe on a the Pie Addicts website — written by a Boise resident.

Since this is a “Idaho Huckleberry Pie Recipe”, I am sure it is the best!!

Huckleberry Pie Recipe

Huckleberry Pie Recipe

Ingredients

    INGREDIENTS
  • Flaky Butter Pie Crust (any recipe will do, or you can just use mine!)
  • FILLING
  • 5½ cups fresh huckleberries, picked over (as best you can), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbs. light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Tbs. minute tapioca (I used as is, or you can grind up for a finer texture)
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • WASH FOR CRUST
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine the huckleberries, granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Carefully stir and turn the mixture until well combined. Set aside for at least 15 minutes so the tapioca can get soft and the sugar dissolves.
  3. Roll out one disk of refrigerated pie dough, to about ⅛ inches thick, and about 12 inches in diameter. Place dough into a 9 inch pie dish. Place the dish into the refrigerator while you roll out the dough for the top. Roll the top out to the same thickness.
  4. Pour the filling into the pie shell, then carefully cover with the second pie crust you rolled out. Trim where necessary and crimp the edges. Lightly brush with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  5. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn the heat down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30-60 minutes (I baked for the entire 60min….it helped with cutting back the juices). The time always varies! Just bake until the filling is bubbling. Cover the edges with aluminum foil or a pie shield if it’s getting too brown. Let cool completely before cutting or you’ll have some serious juice to contend with when you cut into it!
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2016/04/13/another-huckleberry-pie-recipe/

Oh my! … I can hardly wait for huckleberry season this year!  Hopefully, we will have a great crop of juicy huckleberries.

Or if you can’t wait, check out our huckleberry pie filling on our  Tastes of Idaho website

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Huckleberry Paleo Pancakes

Posted March 31, 2016 By sandy

Every body loves huckleberry pancakes.  And now we have a Paleo version of your favorite breakfast food!

If you are not familiar with a ‘Paleo version’ of pancakes, it uses non-grain flours rather than the typical wheat flours.

I found this Huckleberry Paleo Pancake recipe on the Forest and Fauna website!

Huckleberry Paleo Pancakes

Huckleberry Paleo Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups finely ground blanched almond flour (do not pack tightly)
  • ¼ teaspoon mineral rich sea salt (pink Himalayan preferred)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large pastured farm eggs
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • 4-8 tablespoons full fat coconut milk, adjust for consistency
  • Coconut oil to fry

Instructions

  1. Turn on griddle or stove top to medium heat.
  2. Whisk eggs, vanilla, honey, vinegar/lemon juice, sea salt and baking soda together.
  3. Stir almond flour into egg mixture.
  4. Add a tablespoon of coconut milk at a time until you get the desired consistency. I like to thin them out for lighter pancakes, so I go a bit heavy on the coconut milk.
  5. Melt about a tablespoon of coconut oil per batch, once the coconut oil is nice and hot, spoon the pancake batter onto the hot griddle.
  6. The trick to perfect almond flour pancakes is having the heat set at the correct temp, on my stove top, that is just below medium, and I have found it is important to really let the pan heat up for a few long minutes before dropping in the pancakes. NOTE: I also made these pancakes on the SMALLER side, so they are easier to manage and flip.
  7. Fry cakes until you see bubbles appear and cake sets up on the sides, this is a good indicator to flip. Watch heat, as cakes can burn easily. Keep cakes in a warmed oven until finished with batch. Cook on each side for about a minute or 2. Use a thin spatula to carefully flip them.
  8. Serve pancakes with preferred toppings.
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2016/03/31/huckleberry-paleo-pancakes/

Make sure to check out the original website to find Andrea Wyckoff simple receipe for Huckleberry Syrup

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