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Top Huckleberry Articles from 2015

Posted January 1, 2016 By sandy

At the end of the year, I like to look at the stats of my blogs and find out the top articles for the year.

So, if you are interested, here they are:

Where to Buy Huckleberry Plants

Originally written in 2009 and upated in 2014.

Huckleberry Margaritas Recipe

Five Margaritas from Top Arizona Restaurants — inlcluding one huckleberry one!

Huckleberry Rakeshuckleberry picking rake

A page rather than a post, but proves to be a favorite page every year!

Best Huckleberry Wine

Some interesting comments of this recipe!

Huckleberry Jam Recipe

Taken from  The Huckleberry Book by ‘Asta Bowen

Huckleberry Daiquiri

Simple recipe for a wonderful tasting drink!

Huckleberries in Michigan

Here in the upper Rocky Mountain region, huckleberries are famous — but sometimes we forget that huckleberries grow in other parts of the country.  Maybe they are not the same huckleberries that are grown in Idaho and Montana, but huckleberries all the same…

The Wild Mountain Huckleberry

Whortleberry, dewberry, bilberry, blueberry; mountain-this or thinleaved-that; big or blue or dwarf or globe, the huckleberry goes by may names.  It grows wild and only wild, in the remote areas of American’s inland Northwest from Oregon to Alaska, the Pacific Ocean to the Continental Divide…

Ol’ Fashion Huckleberry Pie Recipe

 

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Huckleberry Products for your Event?

Posted October 15, 2015 By sandy

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

Inquiries come from people holding a holiday event, 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 holiday (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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Huckleberry Crisp

Posted August 10, 2015 By sandy

Have you ever tried huckleberry crisp?

I found this recipe on Beyond the Chicken Coop blog by Kathy.

Here recipe uses granola for the ‘crisp’ portion which makes it very fun and easy to make.

Huckleberry Crisp

Huckleberry Crisp

Ingredients

  • 4 cups wild huckleberries
  • 1 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups granola
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup flour

Instructions

  1. Mix huckleberries, sugar and ¼ cup flour together. Pour into a baking dish.
  2. In another bowl, mix granola, butter, and ¼ flour together.
  3. Pour granola mixture over huckleberries.
  4. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.
  5. Keep a close eye on your crisp. You want the mixture to be bubbling, but you don't want your topping to burn
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2015/08/10/huckleberry-crisp/

Check out Kathy’s full article include her picture of ‘purple hands’!

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New Facebook Group for Huckleberry Lovers!

Posted August 6, 2015 By sandy

We have just published a huckleberry group where you can share your stories, pictures and recipes for huckleberries:

Huckleberry Hunting and Recipes

Huckleberry Hunting & Recipes

Join our Huckleberry Facebook Group today and get in on the fun!

NOTE:  Our “I Love Wild Huckleberries! Picking, Growing, and Cooking” is also active if you would like to like it as well!

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Huckleberry Muffins

Posted August 3, 2015 By sandy

If you went picking already, and haven’t eaten all your huckleberries yet, let me share a recipe for Huckleberry Muffins!

If you have never had huckleberries, they are similar to blueberries in texture, but the taste is a bit different. Pop a handful of these little berries in your mouth and you are hit with a burst of tart flavor, followed by a sweetness unlike any other. Just a perfect combination for some yummy muffins.

Huckleberry Muffins

Huckleberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 to ½ cups of huckleberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir with wooden spoon.
  3. Add wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Gently fold in huckleberries
  5. Pour batter into muffin pan, filling each section ¾ full.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes

Notes

If you want to add a crumble top, mix together ⅓ cup of flour, ⅓ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup melted butter. Sprinkle on top of muffins before baking.

http://wildhuckleberry.com/2015/08/03/huckleberry-muffins-3/

Recipe was found on Spoonie Foodie blog.  Check out the full article for the cute story about The First Batch of Huckleberry Muffins!

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Huckleberries and Bumblebees

Posted July 9, 2015 By sandy

Did you know that bumblebees are the prime pollinators for huckleberries?  Not the honey bees!

Huckleberries and bumblebees … I sure did not know that!

According to a Outdoor blog posted on the Spokesman Review …..

Bumblebee may be huckleberry pickers’ best friend

Huckleberries and Bumblebees

Sure, honeybees get the glory and we get their honey,but wild bees (about 150 different species probably occupy northeastern Washington), including bumble bees, pollinate far more crops, including many of those in our gardens, than the honeybee,” says Chris Loggers, wildlife biologist with the Colville National Forest.

“For example, honeybees rarely pollinate that wonderful fruit that most of us pick each year — huckleberries. It appears that bumblebees might be one of huckleberries’ prime pollinators.”

Lets continue to ‘be nice’ to our friends the bumblebees!

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Huckleberry Bundt Cake with Meringue Frosting

Posted January 7, 2015 By sandy

I hope you had a wonderful huckleberry holiday season!

Personally, we sent huckleberry products and gift baskets from our Tastes of Idaho site to over 27 states — and even one basket to Ireland!!

By the way, we are currently running a After the Holiday sale on the site.  Check it out here to receive 35% off your order!!

In the meantime, check out the following Huckleberry Bundt Cake recipe from the Seattle Flour Child website:

Huckleberry Bundt Cake with Meringue Frosting

Huckleberry Bundt Cake with Meringue  Frosting

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 3 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 – 2/3 C sugar
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter – at room temp
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 T orange zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 C buttermilk
  • 2 C frozen huckleberries (it’s important they are frozen, or they will bleed all over the cake)
  • MERINGUE FROSTING
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/3 C water, minus 1 T
  • 1 T orange juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • 1/2 t vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Use shortening and flour to ready your bundt pan or spray generously. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs one at a time, and then add orange zest, vanilla and almond. Mix thoroughly and add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Fold in berries, pour into pan and bake ~50 minutes until top springs back easily. Cool at least 8 – 10 minutes and then turn out onto a plate or rack.
  2. FROSTING: Begin heating sugar and water /juice in a small saucepan. Add a candy thermometer to the pan. Continue to boil as you froth two egg whites in the base of a standing mixer. Add cream of tartar when egg whites are frothy, stop beating. When sugar reaches about 225 degrees, begin whipping the egg whites on high until peaks form. When sugar mixture reaches 240 or soft ball stage, remove from heat and pour in a steady stream into whites, with mixer running on low. Beat for 7 full minutes until fluffy and glossy – and add half teaspoon vanilla.
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2015/01/07/huckleberry-bundt-cake-with-meringue-frosting/

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Want Huckleberry Products?

Posted November 13, 2014 By sandy

Just wanted to post a note about our annual 10% off pre-Christmas sale on Tastes of Idaho website — running November 16 to November 19, Sunday through Wednesday.

Huckleberry products

If you are looking for special huckleberry gifts for your friends and/or family,  this is the place to see the one of the largest online selection of  huckleberry products.

Note that we are happy to DELAY shipments to your friends and family … just be sure to make a note in the comments upon completion of your order. Otherwise, we usually send in 1 to 3 business days, depending on sales volume.

Tastes of Idaho

Remember:  Sales starts this Sunday and runs until Wednesday!

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Huckleberry Crepes with Ricotta Cheese

Posted October 15, 2014 By sandy

One of my favorite huckleberry recipe book is Huckleberry Delights:  A Collection of Huckleberry Recipes by Karen Jean Matsko Hood.

Karen has numerous recipes in her book, and here is one that I thought you would enjoy:  Huckleberry Crepes

Huckleberry Crepes

Huckleberry Crepes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups huckleberry (preferably fresh, but frozen will work)
  • confectioner's sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix flour, eggs, salt and milk until smooth
  2. Heat an 8 inch crepe pan and brush with butter or oil
  3. Pour about 1/4 cups batter into the pan
  4. Tip and cover entire pan with batter
  5. Crepe is ready to turn when the bottom side begins to brown
  6. Slip cooked crepes onto warm plate and keep warm while remaining better is used
  7. When ready to serve, spread 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese down the middle of the crepe and place huckleberries on top
  8. Roll crepe together and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar
  9. Garnish with more huckleberries, if desired
  10. Serve plain or with syrup
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2014/10/15/huckleberry-crepes/

If you are interested in more of Karen’s huckleberry recipes, HB Delights Cookbook
check out her 309 page book.  Along with over 250 recipes, she also includes sections on …

  • Huckleberry Botanical Classification
  • Huckleberry Cultivations and Gardening
  • Huckleberry Facts
  • Huckleberry Folklore
  • Huckleberry History
  • Huckleberry Nutrition and Health
  • Huckleberry Poetry
  • Huckleberry Types
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2014 Huckleberry Season Looking Good!

Posted July 24, 2014 By sandy

We have heard from many pickers around the Rocky Mountain region that this years huckleberry crop is as good — or maybe even better — than the 2009 season.  Rainfall and spring temps were ideal for growing a bumper crop of juicy huckleberries.

Huckleberry Season

The Spokesman Review has picked up on the excitement in their recent article:

Landers: Huckleberry season has pickers bursting with excitement

…The huckleberry season is underway at lower elevations and the pleasure is working its way up the region’s mountainsides as the berries ripen….

…The picking season generally starts in this region in the first or second week of July at elevations around 2,400 feet, such as the stretch of lowland between Priest River and Priest Lake. Snow cover is needed to insulate the plants to survive during the winter, so huckleberries are rarely found at lower elevations.

The berries are ripening at higher elevations this week, but the peak range of ripe berries occurs in August….

…“Last week I was in the woods with some friends and we found many ripe huckleberries and many more that were not yet ripe,” said Phil Cooper, Idaho Fish and Game conservation educator in Coeur d’Alene.  “Most plants were very heavy with berries, so it should be a banner year for picking.”…

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Yes, it sounds like a good year to go huckleberry picking!

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