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