Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Huckleberry Pickin'

Picking huckleberries in the northwest is a treat. On Labor Day we headed up into the

Cascades in search of these little sweets. Unfortunately it was wet and rainy but they did managed to pick about 4 gallons. If you aren't familiar with huckleberries, they are like blueberries but they are wild and grow in higher elevations.


Here you can see some of them in this bucket.

This is Dustin (son) and Jim (hubby) showing off their bounty. It took them about 2 1/2 hours to pick them. Randy,(Dustin's wife) was a real trooper and attempted to help pick. Unfortunately she had to quit because she got really cold and wet although she did manage to pick about a 1/2 bucket. She was braver than me, I sat in the truck and read where it was warm and dry.

They look like blueberries but they are a little smaller and have a very sweet taste. You can use them like blueberries in pancakes, muffins or pies. Huckleberry syrup is also a real treat.



I chose to make a pie. Now mind you I don't make the prettiest pies in the world but they taste wonderful.






The berries are just waiting to get the top crust on and then into the oven.




The top is on and sprinkled with little sugar to give them a little crunch.




See, I told you I didn't make the prettiest pies, I can never keep them from leaking.




Yummy good stuff!





And there you have my idea of how to use huckleberries.







10 comments:

Rainy Day Farm said...

At least you admitted that you were a weanie and stayed in the truck!
That pie looks sooooo yummy. Put some in the freezer for me!
Good job Dustin and Dad!

Momza said...

Oh yum. My husband's mouth watered when he say this...he's from Montana and loves his huckleberries!
Thanks for sharing!!

Amy said...

I've never had Huckleberry pie before, but it sure looks delicious. I LOL when you said you stayed in the truck and read. That sounds like something I would do, I really don't like to be wet! HA!

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Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Looks like a beautiful pie to me! Yummy!

Jane

momstheword said...

Looks yummy to me! We used to go camping and there was a special place nearby where my dad would go and pick huckleberries for a cobbler. He used to call it Huckleberry Lane!

They were soooo good and I haven't had them in ages.

I don't like sitting in the rain much either but it's so nice to have the rain after such an unusually hot summer!

ImagineCozy said...

That pie looks absolutely DIVINE!
I had huckleberries in a shake the other day and they were fantastic!
I guess they were from Idaho.
-Angela

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

OMGOSH, that pie looks delish. I would have stayed in the truck, too. I do not like to get cold. LOL

Cece

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OOO Yum yum yum!! Lucky you to live close enough to go picking! Your pie looks terrific!! (better than mine do!)
*hugs*deb