In my family we have a tradition of picking huckleberries each year. It is a tradition that has now spanned generations. We just got back from our annual camping trip where we stock up on as many huckleberries as we can to use in huckleberry muffins, huckleberry jams and syrups, and to just pop in our mouths for the next year…. or month… however long they last.
We had so much fun this year. We picked for hours after we found a good spot, then returned the next day to pick some more.
The kids even helped. Well let me re-phrase that. The kids all got to pick and eat as they went. As you can see huckleberries are tiny little blueish berries. Very similar to blueberries but with more of a tang. These berries grow in the mountains of Montana and Idaho. They grow in mid-alpine regions on the lower slopes of mountains. They thrive in the acidity created by pine trees so you will often find your best bushes right under and around pine trees.
We usually take the whole family up to pick.
If you know where some huckleberries are grab an apron and some quart jars and start picking. These berries are small, it takes a while to pick so we use the apron and jars to keep all our hard work from spilling everywhere on the mountain.
Onto the yummy goodness. Huckleberries can be used in a variety of recipes: jams, syrups, muffins, pancakes, pie. Anywhere you would use a blueberry you can most likely also use a huckleberry.
This is one of our favorite recipes to use them in.
- 2 Cups soaked whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbs. Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup huckleberries. (other berries may be substituted)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pan. mix flour, honey, baking powder, and salt with fork. In measuring cup mix milk, butter, and egg. Add egg mixture to dry mixture. Stir just until moistened. Add huckleberries and stir in. (be careful not to stir too much as they will start to spread.) Spoon into pan and bake 20-25 minutes.
- This recipe can also be made without pre-soaked flour. If using regular flour: mix all ingredients except baking powder and huckleberries. Add a tsp apple cider vinegar and let sit over night. In the morning add the baking powder and huckleberries and spoon into pans and cook.