Huckleberry Gourmet Foods Archive

Huckleberries on the Coast

Posted October 9, 2013 By sandy

“There is no shortage of huckleberry products out there …” writes Linda Stansberry in the North Coast Journal from California.

Linda talks about the many different huckleberry products she has tasted:

I have encountered huckleberry candy and huckleberry barbecue sauce, and last week I drank some huckleberry tea. They’re all disappointing. Nothing matches the taste of an actual, freshly picked huckleberry. These tiny blue-black orbs take forever to ripen, but they have a unique tangy-sweet flavor that makes them perfect for pies and other pastries.

NOTE:  If you are looking for huckleberry products, check out these two websites:

HB Pancake syrup section

She also talks about her picking experience with a Huckleberry Rake:

To my great surprise, the harvester was a success! The claw slid neatly along the branches of the bush and popped the berries off one by one, leaving most of the leaves. Within in an hour I had come close to filling my little plastic container. Granted, the harvester didn’t distinguish from the ripe, the almost ripe and the green, and there were still plenty of leaves and pine needles in my bounty, but I was impressed!

Her story is enjoyable …. and if you can’t find anything else of interest, make sure to check out her Huckleberry-Apple Pie Recipe!!

Enjoy the full article!…. And save me a piece of her pie!!

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The era of wedding cakes with two plastic figurines standing on top of them is a thing of the past. Wedding cake designs as of late, integrate the practice of infusing traditionally-tiered wedding cakes with fruits. For example, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton had an 8-tiered fruit cake with a stunning white icing. On the other hand, American film producer Kyle Newman and White Chicks star Jaime King served a three-tier berry and coconut cake ornamented with roses. Fruits are in and since we advocate huckleberries for their health benefits, we suggest choosing them as an ingredient to give your wedding cake a nutritious and flavorful twist.

huckleberry-mousse-white-chocolate-mousse-white-chocolate-buttercream-vanilla-bean-cake Decide on a number of tiers

Before you begin thinking about your cake’s contents and design, you should first decide on how many layers it would have. A basic three-tiered wedding cake can accommodate around 100 people. In addition, you should take into consideration the diet of your wedding guests. For example, the M&S Wedding Cake section includes the complete ingredients of each cake and indicates whether a cake is gluten-free or safe for vegetarians to eat. Nuts are common allergens so you should consider serving nut-free cakes as well.

Healthier wedding cakes

Wedding cakes can push healthy limits for sugar content, if you’re not careful in choosing the ingredients. Fruits and berries add more natural sweetness, and are more easily metabolized and digested than their processed counterparts. Huckleberries are also loaded with levels of anti-oxidants that exceed even blueberries… and with a much richer flavor when used in concert with traditional wedding cake sweeteners. Available fresh in season, or frozen year round, huckleberries make a unique and healthy alternative to traditional wedding cake fare.

Cake topping

Putting huckleberry filling on top of your cake is also great idea. If you think putting fresh huckleberries on top of your wedding cake is too simple, you may replace them with huckleberry jam. To get an idea on how it tastes like on cake, you may check out the site’s free huckleberry recipes section for easy tips on how to make your own.

Working with your wedding florists

To elevate the visual appearance of cakes, they are decorated with floral arrangements. If you decide to decorate your wedding cake with flowers, make sure to use colors that match it. Huckleberries have a natural deep purple color but some can be a bit bluish. Purple flowers such as Orchids and Calla Lily compliment huckleberries’ natural colors. If they’re bluish, blue tinted roses or blue daisies are suggested.

Remember, a great wedding cake is all about details and decoration. By choosing the right tier, ingredients, and complimenting colors, you will have the perfect wedding cake on your special day.

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Huckleberry Snack Mix

Posted July 3, 2013 By sandy

Nothing beats huckleberry chocolates, but during the hot summers …. well, chocolate is just not a good thing to pack or take on a trip!

But for those who love trail mix, Wildbeary has developed a Huckleberry Snack Mix.

Wildbeary Huckleberry Snack MixLike a trail mix, Huckleberry Snack Mix includes some healthy and wonderfully tasty ingredients:

  • Roasted and salted almonds
  • Organic soy nuts
  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • Sesame sticks
  • Craisins
  • Sugar Infused Huckleberries

In case you are not familiar with sugar-infused huckleberries, they are fresh picked huckleberries, soaked in a sugar solution and dried slightly to resemble a huckleberry ‘raisin’ — the closest thing to a fresh shelf stable huckleberry.

And if you are concerned with the chocolate covered sunflower seeds, they can withstand a great deal of heat before they melt.

All in all, this product is perfect for summer day snacks.

Where can you order these?  Just check out our Tastes of Idaho site for Wildbeary Huckleberry Snack Mix.  

While you are there, check out some of our other huckleberry goodies!

Also as you know, huckleberry season is just around the corner.  If you have not already ordered your huckleberry picking rake, make sure to check them out as well — we have several in stock right now, but they sell out fast this time of the year!!

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Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted April 25, 2013 By sandy

My very favorite huckleberry product is Huckleberry BBQ Sauce.  And not just any Huckleberry BBQ sauce, but Gem Berry Huckleberry BBQ sauce.

I have tasted a few different HB sauces, but none as good as Gem Berry’s thick tasty BBQ Sauce!!

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce has the ambiance of a sweet and sour tomato based sauce that, in my opinion, is HB BBQ new, reducedto die for!!  Made in small batches and mixed with small amounts of blueberries, this particular huckleberry sauce makes a wonderful glaze for any types of meat where you would usually serve with BBQ sauce.

The first time I tastes Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce I fell in love with it.  The chef used this tangy sauce to cook with meatballs.  Personally, I am not a big meatball fan, but I went back for seconds on this dish.

When I bought some of my own, I used it as a dipping sauce — the thick sweet and sour sauce tasted wonderful on chicken and pork.  My husband told me it was even good on fish.

If you are looking for a wonderful BBQ sauce taste experience, I would highly recommend Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce.

Amble 16 oz. bottle is reasonably priced.

If you are interested in trying the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread, you can find it on the Gem Berry website.

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Huckleberry Spread

Posted April 3, 2013 By sandy

Since we are all waiting impatiently for huckleberry season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite huckleberry products with you ….. Huckleberry Spread.

Huckleberry spread/preservesGem Berry has created a NO SUGAR ADDED huckleberry spread for those who desire flavor but cannot tolerate sugar.  The key to their Huckleberry Spread is the sweetener, Lycasin*, which is a colorless, odorless, clear syrup with organic and mineral purity.  Lycasin has a pleasant, sweet taste with no after taste.  Diabetics may find this NO SUGAR ADDED spread useful in their diets.

During the years I sold this product to retail stores, many store buyers/managers told me that the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread was one of their most popular products.  They told me that the concentration of huckleberries (without the added white sugar) in the spread was much higher and thicker, making this more of a preserve rather than a jam or spread.

*Note:  Lycasin is the trade name for Maltisorb (Crystalline Maltitol) and is a corn derivative.

If you are interested in trying the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread, you can find it on the Gem Berry website

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‘Blue’ Honey, Huckleberry Honey?

Posted July 23, 2011 By sandy

“Blue Honey”- NC Mysterious Treat For 100 Years

WITN

Each year, several lucky beekeepers in an approximately 50 mile radius of Fayetteville find something special in their bee hives – blue honey. How the honey is made is still a mystery, but those who find it are usually buzzing with excitement.

Some beekeepers believe the berries from huckleberry plants are what make the honey blue.” “I’m just located next to swamp where galberries and huckleberries are located, where other people are not. I think that’s the predominate factor,” said Trivette

…REAL FULL STORY

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I’m looking for a most wonderful tea from my past.  Back in the 90’s I  ordered tea that came in tea bags individually wrapped in a bright fuschia/pink foil wrapper from a company called Mission Mountain Meadows. The business was run/owned by a Natascha Hagner in St Ignatius according to Montana archives online.  The tea might have been called WILD Huckleberry tea. She also sold pink huckleberry (white chocolate) candy bars and honey, among other products. I would be so happy if I could somehow get it again before I start trying new huckleberry teas. Maybe this Natascha or the new business owner is a part of a Huckleberry association such as this and I partly joined in hopes of posting something to lots of people to find someone who might have known her or the tea/company. One may email me at seniorita32@yahoo.com.  Thank you.

Rita from Ohio

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Looking to Buy Huckleberry Gifts?

Posted November 30, 2009 By sandy

With Thanksgiving over and Christmas right around the corner, now is the time to order your huckleberry products for holiday gift giving.

We have several websites where you can purchase great tasting wild huckleberry products:

Tastes of Idaho logo, reducedTastes of Idaho features Idaho-made products and has a very large selection of huckleberry products like Wildbeary Huckleberry Products, Gem Berry Products, Wild Mountain Berries, Gold Mountain, Idaho or BackCountry Redneck … and many more!  Also find huckleberry gift baskets or build-your-own gift baskets from the products listed on the site!

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Gem Berry Products which includes their huckleberry line and their award winning raspberry/huckleberry (razzleberry) line!  Best selling holiday gifts from Gem Berry include their famous huckleberry, raspberry/huckleberry or raspberry gift packs!

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Gold Mountain Gold-logo,clear-gold-letters2Gourmet featuring classy gold and purple shinny labeled huckleberry products!  Check out the unique huckleberry snack packs!

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If you are looking for humorous huckleberry products, check out Idaho Redneck Gifts!  You HillBilly Soapwill be giving a great tasting huckleberry product with an entertaining label to keep your friends laughing all holiday long!  Gourmet foods and personal care products are both available on this site.

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More gift ideas can be found at:

Huckleberry Picking Rakes

The Ultimate Camping Fork (not huckleberry related, but a great gift idea)

SPECIAL NOTE:  GET YOUR ORDER IN BY DECEMBER 10 TO INSURE DELIVERY IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!!

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Are you looking to buy huckleberry products?

Posted June 26, 2009 By sandy

Picking or growing huckleberries is not for everyone!  If you would rather buy huckleberry products, here is a list of our favorite websites:

Tastes of Idaho lists NUMEROUS huckleberry products from companies located in Idaho.  You’ll find items such as the standard huckleberry jam and syrup, but also huckleberry bbq sauce, huckleberry chocolate bars, huckleberry honey, appleberry hucklebutter, huckleberry lemonade, huckleberry lip balm, huckleberry soap and lots and lots more!

Gem Berry Products are famous the their huckleberry and huckleberry/raspberry (razzleberry) products.  They also feature a beautiful line of gift boxes with various different products.

Gold Mountain Gourmet has a classy line of foil labeled products.  Their best sellers are huckleberry almond granola and 8 oz. huckleberry coffee in regular, decaf or whole bean varieties!

Idaho (or BackCountry) Redneck is a great line of products if you are looking for a humorous label.  This site features several assorted huckleberry products along with a line of non-huckleberry sauces.

If you are a reseller, own your own store, gift basket company or website, and would like to offer huckleberry products, visit our wholesale website:  Idaho Gifts Wholesale.

If you are a cafe, restaurant, caterer or food service establishment, visit WildBeary Huckleberry Products for a complete line of commercial sized huckleberry products

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