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Late Season Huckleberry Stories

Posted August 30, 2018 By sandy

As we head into the end of huckleberry season (in most areas), stories are still appearing.  Here are three of the best ones.  Two articles include recipes!!

Deduct trail serves up movable feast  Late Season Huckleberry Stories

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Another reason is huckleberries. … So I eat my fill of huckleberries. …

Upon returning to the Prius, after several hours of communing with nature, my fingers a garish shade of purple from the huckleberries, I find what looks to be a nose smudge on my driver’s side window. 

My first thought is a wild creature. Perhaps a bear or deer, tired of the huckleberry diet, was hoping I was carrying the makings of s’mores, has paid me a visit.

WOW!!  A close encounter while huckleberry picking … or is it?  Read the full story here!


The Hunt for Huckleberries

Chelsea Green Publishing

Huckleberries are wild through and through, and a certain type of person with a fierce independent streak and a love of self-sufficiency sees huckleberries as an emblem of a western way of life. Northwestern Montana is known for its huckleberries, as are Washington and Oregon. It’s the state fruit of Idaho. Species grow all the way up the Pacific Coast to Alaska….

The huckleberry hunt can get competitive, but there is a precedent for working things out. Huckleberries were at the heart of a treaty between the Yakima Nation and the US National Forest Service. ….

This article shares some tips on harvesting and storing huckleberry along with a recipe for Buckwheat Huckleberry Buckle.  Read about it here!


The Grub Hunter: Heidi Haussermann scours the forests of Pebble Beach for huckleberries

Monterey County Herald

Not Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday, who menacingly told Johnny Ringo in “Tombstone” that he would be his huckleberry. And not the target of Audrey Hepburn’s affection as she sang that famous line from “Moon River.” …

While pop culture is littered with fun, familiar references, I had no idea that those berries grew wild in the forests of Pebble Beach. It seems the Pacific Grove resident forages for food in her own vast backyard — a true huckleberry hound, if you will.

This all came to my attention one day when Haussermann sent me an email that began: “Do you want a 5-cup bag of huckleberries?”

Read the rest of the story …. which also includes the Haussermann’s Huckleberry Pie recipe!




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Huckleberry Hand Pies

Posted February 21, 2018 By sandy

Huckleberry treats are so much fun when you can make them with a group of kids and/or adults.

Huckleberry Hand Pies are a perfect recipe for a group project!

Huckleberry Hand Pies

Huckleberry Hand Pies


  • All Butter Vodka Dough (Click link for recipe)
  • 3 cups huckleberries
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sparkling sugar, turbinado sugar or granulated


  1. Once your pie dough has chilled, on a lightly-floured counter, roll one disk to 1/8"-1/4" thickness.
  2. Using a 5"-6" round cookie cutter or other round template stamp out circles of the rolled dough. Gather the dough scraps together, form a disk and re-roll, cut more dough rounds.
  3. Transfer the dough rounds to a lined baking sheet, and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Repeat the rolling, cutting, and chilling process with the remaining disk of dough.
  5. Place the huckleberries in a mixing bowl. Add the zest and juice of one lemon, sprinkle wish sugar and toss to coat. Stir in the tapioca starch and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°.
  8. Remove the chilled dough rounds from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for a few minutes until just pliable.
  9. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of huckleberry filling onto one half of each round of dough. Lightly brush a small amount of cold water around the edges of the of the dough rounds, then fold the round in half creating a half-moon shape.
  10. Gently seal the edges by pressing together. Then create a decorative crimp by pressing the edges of the dough together with the back of a fork.
  11. Repeat process with remaining dough rounds. Place the hand pies back on the lined baking sheet, and return to the refrigerator or freezer to chill for another 30 minutes.
  12. Whisk 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of water and dash of salt together in a small bowl.
  13. Remove the chilled hand pies from the refrigerator. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the hand pies with the egg wash and sprinkle with granulated, sparkling or turbinado sugar. Cut three small slits in the top of each hand pie.
  14. Bake until the hand pies are golden brown, about 20 - 25 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.
  15. Remove the pies from the oven, and let stand to cool before serving.


Don't have vodka? Swapped out the vodka in the pie dough for apple cider vinegar. Both work well and evaporate quickly, creating a crispy flaky pie crust.

Check out the full story behind this recipe — including numerous photos of making this with a group of kids!!


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Huckleberry Cream Pie Recipe

Posted August 25, 2017 By sandy

If you love huckleberry pie, we have loads of huckleberry pie recipes on this site.

But, if you are like me and want an easy way to make huckleberry pie, we have just the product for you:  Huckleberry Pie Filling.

Two jars of this delicious huckleberry pie filling will fill a 9 inch pie shell.  

Or if you are looking for a tasty, easy way to make Huckleberry Cream Pie —  we have it here!!  And I, personally, have made it several times and it has always been a hit.



  • 1 large package Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 small container of cool whip
  • 1 16 oz. jar of huckleberry (or blackcap) pie filling


  1. Combine the first four ingredients above (not the pie filling).
  2. Once they are mixed well, fold in the pie filling.
  3. Spoon into a crust of your choice.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Refrigerate any leftovers – if there are any!!

And we have either Huckleberry or Blackcap Pie Filling available at Tastes of Idaho to make this creamy pie!

Surprise your friends and family with this luscious cream pie.

(By the way, the recipe is on the jar of pie filling!)



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Best Huckleberry Cream Pie

Posted November 25, 2016 By sandy

Looking for that easy to make Huckleberry Cream Pie — the one to die for?

Well, we have it here!!  And I, personally, have made it several times and it has always been a hit.

We have published this recipe before, but it is soooooo good, I want to share it again.

Huckleberry Cream Pie

Huckleberry Cream Pie


  • 1 large package Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 small container of cool whip
  • 1 16 oz. jar of huckleberry pie filling


  1. Combine the first four ingredients above (not the pie filling).
  2. Once they are mixed well, fold in the pie filling.
  3. Spoon into a crust of your choice.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Refrigerate any leftovers - if there are any!!

Huckleberry Cream Pie Filling

To help you out, here is where you can purchase the Huckleberry Pie Filling:

      Wild Mountain Berries’ Huckleberry Pie Filling



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Another Huckleberry Pie Recipe

Posted April 13, 2016 By sandy


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


  • Flaky Butter Pie Crust (any recipe will do, or you can just use mine!)
  • 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
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. water


  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!

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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Northwest Wild Food on Huckleberries

Posted January 21, 2016 By sandy

Our friends at Northwest Wild Foods posted a fun fact post earlier in the month.  Here are some of the highlights:

The wild mountain blue huckleberry, or Vaccinium ovalifolium, is a true treasure of the Great Pacific Northwest. The stunning little blue berries are fit to be the crowning glory of any of Mother Natures golden tiaras. Not only are huckleberries a treat for the eyes, but when raw they have a delicious sweet- tart taste that will leave you wanting more. When cooked into syrups or baked into pies, they have a tantalizingly pure and rich flavor all their own that has been a popular staple among countless American families for generations…

What are huckleberries? Northwest Wild Food on Huckleberries

The wild mountain blue huckleberry is a perennial evergreen shrub that usually ranges from 2-3 ft tall but can reach as high as 10. It has 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch serrated leaves that start out red-bronze but turn bright green in the Summer months….

Where do huckleberries grow?

The wild mountain blue huckleberries grow in acidic mountain soils at elevations from 2,000 to 11,000 ft. They can be found all the way from Alaska to Washington and Oregon, to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming….

Health Benefits:

  • Huckleberries are associated with lowering cholesterol; protecting against heart diseases, muscular degeneration, glaucoma, varicose veins, and peptic ulcers.
  • High in vitamin C, Huckleberries protect the body against immune deficiencies, cardiovascular diseases, prenatal health problems, and eye diseases.
  • An excellent source of vitamin A and B, huckleberries are great for promoting a healthy metabolism which in turn helps reduce the risk of stroke. They are also known to help stave off macular degeneration as well as viruses and bacteria.
  • Huckleberries are an excellent source of iron which helps build new red blood cells and helps fatigue associated with iron deficiency.
  • The huckleberry ensures proper functioning of nerve and muscle tissues, such as the heart and skeletal muscles, due to its high content of potassium. It also helps regulate water balance and eliminate waste.

As a special treat, NW Wild Foods shares a wonderful huckleberry pie recipe.

Check it out on their website:


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Huckleberry Pie from Montana

Posted July 16, 2015 By sandy

Found this yummy looking huckleberry pie recipe from the Montana Homesteader.


Huckleberry Pie from Montana

Huckleberry Pie from Montana


  • 1 prepared 9″ graham cracker pie crust OR make your own with 1/2 cup butter and 9 full size graham crackers
  • 3 cups huckleberries
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3/4 cup unrefined sugar or honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 heaping TBS arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream


  1. To make the graham cracker pie crust, smash the graham crackers into crumbs. Melt the 1/2 cup butter. Mix the butter and graham cracker crumbs. Spread evenly over a 9″ pie plate. Refrigerate.
  2. In a saucepan on the stove, place 1 cup of huckleberries, lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar or honey and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling.
  3. While the huckleberry mixture is heating, in a small bowl mix the 1 heaping TBS of arrowroot powder and 1/4 cup cold water.
  4. Once the huckleberry mixture starts to boil, stir and let it boil for three minutes. Then slowly pour in the arrowroot mixture and continue to stir. The sauce will thicken quickly. Turn the heat off on the stove.
  5. Set aside 1/4 cup of huckleberries from the remaining two cups of huckleberries. Stir the rest into the huckleberry sauce.
  6. Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and pour in the pie filling. Smooth the top so it is spread evenly. Return the pie to the refrigerator.
  7. To make the whipped cream, place a mixing bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes. This ensures you will have a nice cold bowl to mix the cream and help it turn to whipped cream more quickly. Pour the whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Whip the cream with a mixer on med/high speed until the cream starts to thicken and form peaks. Sprinkle in sugar about 1 TBS at a time, to desired sweetness.
  8. When the whipped cream is finished, remove the huckleberry pie from the refrigerator. Spread the whipped cream evenly over top the pie. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of remaining huckleberries on top to garnish.
  9. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Huckleberry Cheese Cake, Anyone??

Posted November 5, 2014 By sandy

I found this picture on the internet that made my mouth water ….

Food Porn: “This is how we do cheesecake here in Idaho,” posts Idaho Dad. “Smothered with huckleberries, and really just looking too good to eat, although we get around to it after much admiring and photo-taking.” Mmm-mmm good.

Food Porn: “This is how we do cheesecake here in Idaho,” posts Idaho Dad. “Smothered with huckleberries, and really just looking too good to eat, although we get around to it after much admiring and photo-taking.” Mmm-mmm good.

….And, I thought, how mean that they did not include a recipe!!

So, for huckleberry cheese cake lovers, here are some recipes ….

Organic Double Chocolate Huckleberry Cheesecake

“Decadent delight is contest winner” From The Spokesman-ReviewKirsten Schierman of Spokane won the grand prize in a chocolate recipe contest sponsored by Her Organic Double Chocolate Huckleberry Cheesecake earned her a $2,000 shopping spree at Williams-Sonoma. …

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Cake

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Huckleberry Cheesecake Recipe by delcy – CHOWHuckleberry cheesecake is one of the best i have ever had. The berries make a delicious topping. You can find the berries year around (frozen of course) at

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Pie

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe – Allrecipes.comA pecan pastry is the base of this cream cheese pie that’s topped with a delicious huckleberry sauce.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with Huckleberries

Phe.MOM.enon: Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with HuckleberriesBy PheMom
My mother-in-law got this recipe from another family member for a no-bake Cherry Cheesecake, and since my husband is such a fiend for huckleberries, and his Mom always makes sure to have some on hand, we decided to top the cheesecake

Huckleberry Goat Cheese Cake

Fold in 8 additional cups of huckleberries and cool. Sweet Summer. DESSERTS. CONTINUED ➛ Huckleberry and Peach Topping (while warm), and finish ..

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Berry Bliss: Huckleberry Bliss!By Berry Bliss
Huckleberries are relatives of the blueberry and the cranberry they are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, iron and a good source of vitamin A. They are a good source of vitamin B and helps speed up metabolism and potassium

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Dessert Recipe Ideas: How To Make A Huckleberry CheesecakeHistorically, many a loving couple may have courted while picking huckleberries while in group settings. This makes choosing to make and serve a huckleberry

HB pie filling

Huckleberry Pie Filling

If you would like an easy way to make huckleberry cheese cake, just buy or make your favorite recipe and add a jar of this Huckleberry Pie Filling on top.  A wonderfully easy and delicious topping for ANY cake.

Wild Mountain Huckleberry Pie Filling can be found and purchased on our Tastes of Idaho website!

Check out the large selection of other huckleberry products on the site!

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Huckleberry Jam & Pie Recipes

Posted July 31, 2014 By sandy

If you have come home from a huckleberry picking outing with a bucket, or two, or three filled with huckleberries, congrats!

(If you haven’t picked any huckleberries yet this season, best to get out there as this looks like the best huckleberry season in 12 years or so!!)

So what do you plan to do with all your juicy, free picked little berries?

Favorite recipes are for huckleberry jam and pie!

The Kansas City Star posted an article (yup, you read that right, Kansas City!!) with recipes for both pie and basic jam using huckleberries …..

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Not too sweet or sour make huckleberries perfect fit for recipes

… Huckleberries are typically smaller than a blueberry, not too sweet, not too sour, just right. Your huckleberry.

Many types of wild berries have been deemed a “huckleberry,” a term derived from “hurtleberry” meaning any blue colored berry found in the forest. The varietals are now more specific ranging from deep eggplant purple to dark lavender and some are even.

The northwest supplies most of the huckleberries. While foraging for them in the wild, one may have to negotiate with the native bears for harvest.

Basic Huckleberry Jam Recipe


  • 5 cups huckleberries, boiled
  • 3/4 cups honey
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer on medium high heat for 20 minutes, or until syrupy. Remove from heat.
  2. At this point you can cool and refrigerate. This jam condiment can be added to muffins, pancakes, sauces or just spread on a buttery piece of brioche.

Read more here:

 READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE for the Huckleberry Pie recipe.  And if you try the recipes, let us know what you think!

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Huckleberry Hand Pies

Posted July 9, 2014 By sandy

With the start of huckleberry season, I always like to feature as many huckleberry recipes as I can find.

My husband found this Huckleberry Hand Pies for us.  The original recipe called for blueberries …. but as a huckleberry lover, you know that huckleberries will make this recipe even better tasting!!

Huckleberry Hand Pies

Huckleberry Hand Pies


  • Pastry
  • --2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • --1/2 teaspoon salt
  • --1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • --1 cup (16 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
  • --1/2 cup cold sour cream
  • Filling
  • --2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • --1/4 cup sugar
  • --1 tablespoon Instant ClearJel
  • --2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Topping
  • --1 large egg, beaten
  • --white sparkling sugar, for garnish


  1. To make the dough: Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the butter, working it in to make a coarse/crumbly mixture. Leave most of the butter in large, pea-sized pieces.
  2. Stir in the sour cream; the dough won't be cohesive. Turn it out onto a floured work surface, and bring it together with a few quick kneads.
  3. Pat the dough into a rough log, and roll it into an 8" x 10" rectangle. Dust both sides of the dough with flour, and starting with a shorter end, fold it in three like a business letter.
  4. Flip the dough over, give it a 90° turn on your work surface, and roll it again into an 8" x 10" rectangle. Fold it in three again.
  5. Wrap the dough, and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.
  6. To make the filling: Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked berries to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425°F; place a rack on the middle shelf. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. To assemble the pies: Roll the dough into a 14" x 14" square. With a straight edge and pastry wheel, or a 3 1/2" square cutter, cut out sixteen 3 1/2" squares.
  9. Divide the filling among eight of the squares, using about a heaping tablespoon for each. Brush some of the beaten egg along the edges of each filled square.
  10. Cut a vent into the each of the remaining eight squares, using a decorative cutter of your choice.
  11. Top each filled square with a vented square, and press along the edges with the tines of a fork or a pie crust crimper to seal.
  12. Brush the top of each pie with the remaining beaten egg, and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Transfer the pies to the prepared baking sheet.
  13. Bake the pies for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove them from the oven, and let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
  14. Yield: 8 hand pies.

Happy eating!!

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