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:

WILD MOUNTAIN BLUE HUCKLEBERRIES

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Huckleberry Croissant Bread Pudding

Posted January 14, 2016 By sandy

Bread pudding reminds me of home — when I was a young girl.  My mother made it often, but with raisins not huckleberries.

So here is a ole time favorite with your favorite berries!

Originally shared by use real butter blog

Huckleberry Croissant Bread Pudding

Huckleberry Croissant Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsps unsalted butter, softened
  • 6-8 croissants, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup huckleberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter six 8-ounce ramekins or one 8×12-inch baking dish. Layer half of the croissants on the bottom, then half of the huckleberries, then half of the lemon zest. Repeat. Press the bread down gently. Whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla together in a medium bowl or large 4-cup measuring cup. Stir in the cream and milk. If using ramekins, divvy the egg mixture evenly among the ramekins. If using a baking dish, evenly distribute the egg mixture over the filling.
  2. To bake: If using ramekins, bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place the ramekins in a roasting pan and fill the pan with boiling water until the water line is half way up the ramekin sides. Take care not to splash any water into the bread puddings. If using a baking dish, put it straight into the oven. Bake both versions for 30-35 minutes until the custard is set and the tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar. Serves 6.
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2016/01/14/huckleberry-croissant-bread-pudding/

Note:  Adapted from Epicurious Croissant Bread and Butter Pudding 

Enjoy!

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Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted January 9, 2016 By sandy

Okay, I know barbecue season is waaaaayyy off from now, but maybe, if you are like me, you are dreaming of warm weather and no snow!!

So if you are, or if you are just interested in barbeque sauce, here is a wonderful receipe I found on the Kleinworth & Co website.  Great recipe to use up some of those extra huckleberries hiding in your freezer! (that is, if you have any extra huckleberries!)

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1-2/3 cup fresh or frozen huckleberries (you could sub with black or blueberries)
  • 1/4 bell pepper - finely chopped
  • 2 large sweet peppers- chopped
  • 1 whole garlic (small) minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic

Instructions

  1. In medium saucepan combine all ingredients except butter.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat stirring until fully combined & hot (almost boiling)
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  4. Allow to cool at least 10-15 minutes
  5. Transfer to blender - use caution with hot liquids!!
  6. Blend 60-120 seconds - or until all larger pieces are fully incorporated into sauce
  7. Taste test- (you can add more seasonings like salt or a couple drops of hot sauce to reach desired flavor)
  8. Transfer to prepared sterile jars
  9. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2016/01/09/huckleberry-bbq-sauce-4/

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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 Gourmet Foods

Posted December 3, 2015 By sandy

I know that huckleberry season is over and because of the heat and fires, the 2015 season was not a good year for huckleberries.

But that does not mean you can’t enjoy your favorite huckleberry gourmet foods and  treats!

Huckleberry gourmet foods

Our sister site, Tastes of Idaho, is filled with huckleberry products!  And we are not just talking about jams and syrup, but we have loads of other fun huckleberry products such as ….

Huckleberry PopcornMountain Duo

Huckleberry Chocolate Bars

Huckleberry Pancake Mix

Huckleberry Honey Bears

Huckleberry Cordials

Huckleberry Taffy

Huckleberry Mountain Duo Gift Packs

…. and oodles and oodles of huckleberry products!!

Check out our entire selection of huckleberry products!

Tastes of Idaho also offers a “Build Your Own Gift Basket” option!  Just choose from tIdaho Basket 10he dozens of huckleberry products, pick out a basket (several to chose from) and shred (8 color options), and have it shipped to anyone on your Christmas list.  We include a finished basket, shrink wrapped with a card and bow and shipped to anyone in the US!

We do all the work for you!

Check out the Build Your Own Huckleberry Basket option!

Make this a memorable Huckleberry Christmas!

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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 Jammers

Posted October 8, 2015 By sandy

If you are looking for a delicious huckleberry holiday treat, try Huckleberry Jammers.

If you read the story from Becky Sue on Baking the Goods, you’ll find that the poor gal nearly paid a small fortunate for the huckleberries to make these cookies!  They call them ‘purple gold’ for a reason!!  Especially this year, where there seems to be a big shortage (who wanted to dodge the fires trying to pick huckleberries?).

Instead, she bought a jar of huckleberry jam!  NOTE: You can find all kinds of huckleberry jam on our Tastes of Idaho website!

So, she does not list a recipe on the site, but I image any thumbprint cookie recipe will do, so I have found one on the All Recipes website:

Huckleberry Jammers (or Thumbprint Cookies)

Huckleberry Jammers (or Thumbprint Cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup any flavor fruit jam -- huckleberry preferred!
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Separate egg, reserving egg white. Cream butter or margarine, sugar, and egg yolk.
  3. Add vanilla, flour and salt, mixing well.
  4. Shape dough into balls. Roll in egg white, then walnuts. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove cookies from oven. With thumb, dent each cookie. Put jelly or preserves in each thumbprint. Bake for another 8 minutes
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2015/10/08/huckleberry-jammers/

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Huckleberry Honey Cream Scones

Posted October 1, 2015 By sandy

Yummy recipe for Huckleberry scones from a fellow huckleberry lover in northern California!

Huckleberry-Honey Cream Scones

Huckleberry-Honey Cream Scones

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • 8 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup huckleberries
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 7 to 8 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt.
  3. Rub the cubed butter into the flour mixture with your fingers and a fork until it resembles a coarse meal.
  4. Gently fold in the zest and huckleberries.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, the egg and 5 tablespoons of the cream.
  6. Add to the flour mixture and gently mix with your hands until the dough just comes together. (If the dough seems dry, add an extra tablespoon of cream.)
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat the dough into a 6-inch round about 1-inch thick. Using a round cutter, cut dough into 12 rounds.
  8. Place rounds on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle the 2 tablespoons of remaining heavy cream over the tops.
  9. Bake until scones are golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Serve warm.
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2015/10/01/huckleberry-scones-2/

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Huckleberry Fever in Asia and Finland

Posted September 18, 2015 By sandy

In the inland Pacific northwest, we think we have the corner on huckleberries. But there are other countries and areas that grow them and use them.

A few weeks ago, we were approached by Rae Ellen Bichell for information on Dr. Dan Barney’s huckleberry research.  Here is excepts from her article on ‘huckleberry fever’:

Asian Countries Have Nordic Berry Fever, And Finland Can’t Keep Up

Right now, some 7,000 Thai workers are combing the Lapland wilderness of Finland and Sweden for bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries. Each day, they hike into the woods that lie mostly above the Arctic Circle with buckets and simple scooping tools, emerging with up to 270 pounds in berries per person….

Huckleberry Fever in Asia and Finland

Who’s so wild about these intensely flavored berries? Nordic folk load them into pies, jams, breakfast porridge and reindeer meatballs. They make ice cream, juice, and even shampoo out of them.

But there’s another group that’s increasingly driving this wild fruit harvest: health-conscious people in East Asia…

Labels on various lotions and potions sold in Asia — like this dark purple powder — make exaggerated claims that the berries improve night vision, make people smarter, and ward off cancer, obesity, ulcers and heart disease.

But there’s actual science showing that Finnish and Swedish bilberries are packed with more vitamins and antioxidants than North American blueberries. Lingonberries can help prevent urinary tract infections. Cloudberries, the most rare and expensive of the three, may boost intestinal flora and help prevent colon cancer. And, says Rainer Peltola, a senior research scientist at the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, “a berry-rich diet has been connected with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.”…

The growing market pressure is leading to more discussion about how to develop a more dense and reliable crop farmers could control. And plant researchers and fruit companies are considering another possibility: cultivating the berries similarly to how lowbush, or wild, blueberries are cultivated in North America….

 

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Huckleberry Zucchini Bread

Posted September 16, 2015 By sandy

Everyone loves Zucchini bread!  But how about Huckleberry Zucchini bread?

I found this recipe this morning on the Raisin & Fig blog and had to share here:

Huckleberry Zucchini Bread

Huckleberry Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup huckleberries {or blueberries}

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a loaf pan or 8" square pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Mix zucchini, egg, butter and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture. Fold in nuts and huckleberries.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
http://wildhuckleberry.com/2015/09/16/huckleberry-zucchini-bread/

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