Blue Mountain Huckleberries are coming soon! August 09 2014, 0 Comments

We are very excited that fresh products such as fresh chanterelle, fresh lobster mushroom, fresh porcini and fresh wild berries are coming soon!

This week we decided to feature huckleberry as huckleberry season has arrived and they are abundant! huckleberries are closely related to blueberries(sharing the same genus, Vaccinium) and actually belong to the same botanical family as arbutus trees, salal berries and wintergreen. The plant family is called Ericaceae, or the Heather family. There are several species of huckleberry native to Pacific Northwest, but the one we are harvesting this year are Blue Mountain Huckleberry, or Vaccinium deliciosum. They look very similar to blueberries, and are just as incredible as any wild blueberry, surpassing the flavor of most store-bought varieties.

Similar to other berries, huckleberries are very nutrient dense. They contain high amounts of vitamin A, B, and C as well as minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium. Huckleberries also have one of the highest values of antioxidants among all fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to prevent certain types of cancer and slow down the process of aging.

At West Coast Wild Foods, our huckleberries are 100% wild and hand harvested in the wild forests of British Columbia. Not only, will we be selling fresh and frozen huckleberries, we will also be carrying local BC huckleberry jam and syrup to preserve the bountiful harvest. The jams and syrups will be available in mid to late September.

Blue mountain huckleberries are versatile because of their incredible flavour; they make great desserts from simply topping them with vanilla ice cream to fancy huckleberry crumble. We have included a few of our favorite recipes with huckleberries.

 

Wild Huckleberry Smoothie

(1 cup portion)

1 small container of Greek yogurt (or non-dairy substitute)

1/2 frozen wild huckleberries
1/2 cup coconut water
1 handful of washed baby spinach leaves
A drizzle of honey

Direction:
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Fresh Huckleberry Shake
(1 pint portion)
3 cups vanilla ice ream
2/3 cup huckleberries
1/3-1/2 cup of milk

Direction:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Huckleberry Buckle
(8 servings)
1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

2 1/2 cup huckleberries

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 boiling water

1 tablespoon butter

 

Direction

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease the bottom of a 9 inch square pan
  2. In a large bowl, cream 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into butter mixture. Stir in milk; mixture will be thick and lumpy. Spread batter
  3. In a large bowl, combine berries, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup boiling water. Pour over the batter in the pan. Dot the top with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 mins