I baked a huckleberry pie this morning. I'd never met a huckleberry before.
Friends of ours have a cabin in Idaho and the last time they returned from a trip there, they brought us some frozen huckleberries.
We were told they were much like blueberries and grow wild in the Northwestern part of the country.
I googled huckleberries to find out more about them, but ended up a little confused.
Apparently they grow in mountainous areas, look much like wild blueberries but have rather large seeds in them. They aren't commercially cultivated because of the difficulty of doing so on mountain hillsides.
I already had the pie in the oven before I read that about them having large seeds. However, both hubby and I had sampled a couple of the berries before I made the pie because I was curious as to their taste and wondered how much sweetener I should use in the pie.
Hmmm, nary a seed did we come across in our sampling. The taste of the berries was like the most flavorful wild blueberry we had ever had but with an almost wine-like flavor. REALLY good! (Homemade huckleberry wine? I can only imagine how dee-lish that would be.)
We could hardly wait for the pie to be cool enough to cut a sample. Was it good? Oh my! The best blueberry pie pales in comparison. I like huckleberries!
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