Huckleberry Cream Pie

Posted November 14, 2013 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.

Huckleberry Cream Pie

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!!
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HB pie filling

 

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

      Wild Mountain Berries’ Huckleberry Pie Filling

ENJOY!!

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Huckleberry picking season is over (the snow is already flying in north Idaho!  *sigh*).    But I know there are lots of you who wanted huckleberries, but didn’t get any this year!  Don’t despair as I have an alternative for you!

Tastes of Idaho has received a large inventory of huckleberry products — and will continue to add more products to the website over the next weeks.  If you have never tried ‘commercial’ huckleberry products (most products on the site are handmade, in small batches,  the ole’ fashion way), you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they really are!!  And as the website name implies, all the products listed (including a few non-huckleberry items) are made in Idaho!

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Tastes of Idaho carries some very unique huckleberry products such as:

Of course, we also carry a variety of  huckleberry jams and syrups.  And more products, like huckleberry pancake and dessert mixes, will be arriving soon.

If you love huckleberries and would like to give some products as gifts, you can order a “Build Your Own Huckleberry Basket”!  Pick you favorite items, add a basket and shred, and your gift can be shipped to anyone in the US!  What more can you ask for?

NOTE:  I will be sending out another post when the rest of the products arrive in the warehouse!

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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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All About Huckleberries

Posted September 26, 2013 By sandy

Huckleberry season is definitely winning down — it appears to have been a good year for huckleberries and those picking them in the wilds!

But it is always time to learn more about huckleberries.

I found this excellent article the other day and wanted to share it with you:

Huckleberries

Wine Forest huckleberries

Vaccininum membranceum/ Globare (complex)’ V. ovatum; Gaylussacia species

The delightful word huckleberry, means one kind of berry in Massachusetts, another kind in Missouri, another in Montana, and yet another at America’s edge along the Mendocino coast. This same charming name is used for at least six species of purple berries. Like the orthodox devotion to one’s regional BBQ, every region knows that their type of huckleberry is superior. I personally adore our Pacific coastal evergreen huckleberries, V. ovatum, while my friends in Montana think I’m crazy to like those tiny tart berry ball compared to their big fat sweet berries.

The article talks further about the huckleberries in three distinct regions:

  • “Mountain” Huckleberry
  • Coastal Evergreen Huckleberry
  • Eastern Huckleberry

Also, there is a section on the following:

  1. Cleaning
  2. Harvesting
  3. Seasonality
  4. Preservation
  5. Cooking
  6. Storage

Check out the complete article

 

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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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Huckleberries in Oregon

Posted September 11, 2013 By sandy

As the seasons whines down in Montana and Idaho, the huckleberry season is going strong in parts Washington and Oregon.

Wild Pacific Northwest: Huckleberries

Wild Pacific Northwest: Huckleberries

Oval-leaved Huckleberry, Vaccinium ovalifolium (photo by Ivan Phillipsen).

Of all the plant species that produce edible berries in the Northwest – and there are quite a few – huckleberries have to be the most celebrated.

The abundant, delicious berries can be found in the Coast Range, Cascade Range, and Olympic Mountains in mid-summer through early autumn (in any given area, the timing of fruit production depends on the species, elevation, and other environmental factors).

As the article continues, the author talks about the history of huckleberries and the Native Americans; how to identify huckleberries; and huckleberry picking tips.

Very interesting and informative!  Also, there is a link to the health benefits of huckleberries.

READ FULL ARTICLE

NOTE:  Unfortunately, this particular article uses blueberry and huckleberry interchangeable.  Both are different berries, but the characteristics are similar.  We always tell folks that huckleberries are blueberries on steriods!!

For more info on the difference between Huckleberries and Blueberries, check this link:  Huckleberries vs. Blueberries

For more information on the Health Benefits of Huckleberry, click here:  Health Benefits 

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History of Huckleberries

Posted September 4, 2013 By sandy

Most of us love huckleberries — but do you know the History of Huckleberries?

Always looking for some good huckleberry articles to feature here, I found the following article from the What’s Cooking America’s website.

Here are some interesting facts from the article:

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Did You Know? 

*Evidence has been found the the huckleberry actually got its name from a simple mistake. Early American colonist, upon encountering the native American berry, misidentified it as the European blueberry known as the “hurtleberry,” by which name it was called until around 1670 it was corrupted to become know as the “huckleberry.”

*Often confused with the blueberry due to its close resemblance, huckleberries are a wild blue-black berry. Although very similar in taste, the big difference is the seeds within the huckleberry that give it a crunchy texture when fresh and its thicker skin. The flavor is a little more tart than blueberries, with an intense blueberry flavor.

*Huckleberries have been a staple of life for Northwest and Rocky Mountain Native American tribes for thousands of years. In the Journals of Lewis and Clark, they wrote of the tribes west of the Rocky Mountains using dried berries extensively in 1806 and 1806.

*Northwest tribes made special combs of wood or salmon backbones to strip huckleberries off the bushes. They dried the berries in the sun or smoked them and then mashed them into cakes and wrapped these in leaves or bark for storage.

READ FULL ARTICLE

And while you are on the site, make sure to click on the link to access her huckleberry pie recipe!

 

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Huckleberry Pickers Not Allowed in Some Areas!

Posted August 29, 2013 By sandy

As you know, we sell huckleberry picking rakes.  Rakes can increase your yield 4 to 10 times in the same amount of time as picking by hand.  Our rakes, in particular, are light weight and easy to use.

(If you want more info on our huckleberry rakes, check out our website, Huckleberry Rake. where you will find videos, pictures and written instructions.)

But too much mis-information floats around the web and elsewhere about huckleberry picking rakes.  Rather than list all the reasons why huckleberry rakes are safe, I have prepared a mini-website that addresses those issues here:  Huckleberry Picking Tool Myths.

Dr. Barney at Elk River, Idaho

Over the years, we have worked with Dr. Dan Barney — affectionately known as Dr. Huckleberry — who was the leading expert on huckleberries at the University of Idaho.  He not only tested our rakes, he also endorsed them (info on the site noted above).  Unfortunately, the UI closed his huckleberry project in Sandpoint a few years ago and he is else doing other plant related research.

Then only location we are aware of that bans the use of huckleberry picking rakes is the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington.  (There has been a report that they are also banned in some places in Oregon, but we have been unable to confirm the report at this time.)

The Forest Service Gifford Pinchot National Forest site is filled with interesting information on huckleberries such as:

  • Changes in Washington law regarding the sale of Wild Huckleberries
  • History of huckleberries
  • Development of berry fields
  • Safety while picking
  • Questions and Answers about huckleberries

Should you decide to pick huckleberries (or any other berry or forest grown items) on forest service lands or national forests, I suggest you check with the local forest service office for details and regulations.

In the meantime, enjoy your berries!!

 

 

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More Huckleberry Reports from Montana

Posted August 21, 2013 By sandy

The high heat shortened the cherry harvest, but huckleberries in the Flathead may just be a little sweeter this year.Typically, huckleberry season kicks off on the Fourth of July. This year the huckleberry harvest began on July 5. Right now, we are in the height of the huckleberry season.

Fresh berries will continue to be picked until the first frost, likely up until October.

The owner of the Apple Barrel in Kalispell, David Cordell, expects this year to be a bumper crop with bumped up revenue.

“The crop looks very clean and we try to really hone in on hand picked stuff, kind of a higher quality than anything torn or any juicy stuff. So they’ve been really…the quality’s been higher, I think,” said Cordell.

Cordell credits the nightly rain and the hot, dry days for the success of this year’s huckleberry harvest.

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Huckleberries in Washington

Posted August 15, 2013 By sandy

The Olympian share that huckleberries are ripe in parts of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington.

For those wanting to pick in this area need to be aware of a couple regulations:

  1. Picking berries for personal use is free, but commercial pickers must obtain a permit.
  2. Pickers harvesting more than three gallons, or selling any quantity, must obtain a permit.
    Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2013/08/11/2667358/picking-permits-huckleberry-season.html#storylink=cpy
  3. The use of rakes or other mechanical picking devices are not allowed on the forest.
  4. Areas closed to personal or commercial pickers include the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, legislated Wilderness Areas and the “Handshake Agreement” area of Sawtooth Berry Fields.

The article does describe a few areas where pickers can find huckleberry bushes (a most guarded secret for most people).

Huckleberry Patch 4

Check out the ENTIRE ARTICLE for more details.

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