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About huckleberries

While similar looking to blueberries, huckleberries are a different fruit. They have a sweet flavor similar to what a blueberry tastes like, with a bit of blackberry and cassis thrown in. Huckleberries grow on shrubs that reach about three feet tall, flower in the spring, and fruit in the summer. The berries are quite small and turn a dark purple color when ripe.

Huckleberries are quite delicate and have a very short shelf life, so you'll often find them in the frozen food section of the market. During high season, in the summer, you can find them at roadside stands, at farmers' markets, or in specialty food stores.

Huckleberries are native to North America and grow wild across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, as well as in Canada and Alaska. Huckleberries are in the Ericaceae family. Depending on the species, huckleberries fall into either the genus Gaylussacia or the genus Vaccinium. Huckleberries grow in the underbrush of coniferous forests and are loosely related to blueberries and cranberries. The huckleberry flavor profile is sweeter than a cranberry yet more tart than a fully ripe blueberry.

Huckleberries make delicious jams, jellies, syrups, and are ideal for making baked pastries and pie with. Huckleberries are the state fruit of Idaho, and throughout western Idaho and Montana, you can stop at little coffee shops to find freshly baked huckleberry scones, danish, and slices of pie made from this tasty fruit.

When you want fresh huckleberries to make a dessert with or to add to yogurt or cereal, enjoy the convenience of ordering the berries through Instacart. You can order huckleberries from the Instacart website or through the app on your smartphone. Once you've placed your order, an Instacart shopper will deliver the huckleberries to you within the same day!

Huckleberries only grow in the wild or on small farms. Cultivators have resisted growing them commercially due to their short shelf life and delicate nature. The Indigenous people who lived in the Northwest relied on huckleberries as a valuable source of food. The people would harvest the ripe berries in the late summer and then either dry them in the sun or smoke them to preserve them.

After the huckleberries dried, the people would mash them into cakes and wrap them in leaves to store throughout the winter months. Today, locals and visitors in Montana can enjoy huckleberry festivals in the summer and sample fresh-baked goods as well as jams, jellies, and syrup.

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FAQs About Huckleberries

Huckleberries are rich in vitamins C and B. The berries contain antioxidants that can help boost your immune system. Huckleberries also contain potassium, iron, and other trace minerals.

When you're not eating fresh, raw huckleberries by the handful or as a topping for cereal, ice cream, or cheesecake, baking with them is ideal. Put fresh or frozen huckleberries into any kind of pastries that you would use blueberries in. Huckleberries make tasty jams and jellies or make them into a syrup to pour over pancakes, waffles, or French toast. Of course, nothing beats a huckleberry pie.

Ingredients:
  • 2 9-inch pre-made pie crusts
  • 4 cups huckleberries
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 plus 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a pie pan with one of the crusts and pour the huckleberries over the crust. In a small bowl, mix the 3/4 cup of sugar and flour together and sprinkle over the huckleberries. Next, pour the lemon juice and lemon zest over the berries. Place the top pie crust over the huckleberry mixture, and cut steam vents in the crust.

Brush the top pie crust with heavy cream and a teaspoon of sugar. Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and cook for an additional 25 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven, let it cool, slice it, and serve with ice cream.
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