Blueberries …… or Huckleberries?

What do you call them?

Wild blueberries always make me nostalgic. My family spent summers at a beautiful mountain lake and blueberries were abundant on the mountain. Mom would make pancakes in the morning and we would run out into the yard in our pajamas to gather just enough berries to add to the batter. Of course, we always called them huckleberries. To us, a wild berry was a huckleberry, and a cultured berry was a blueberry. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are numerous definitions for these terms depending, I guess, on local custom. Some say that low bush berries are huckleberries and high bush are blueberries. Others say it the size of the seed that determines the name.

So, Mike went berry picking yesterday and came home with 5 quarts of wonderfulness. Today, I made two pies and several half pints of jam, using the same recipe I use for Strawberry Maple Jam. Wonderfulness turned into even more wonderfulness!

Whether you call them blueberries or huckleberries, they are a highlight of summer. I’ll leave you with a recipe that my mom made every summer at the lake. These days, I make mine with sprouted wheat flour, but I’ll give you the recipe just as she made it:

Huckleberry Buckle

Beat 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of butter and 2 eggs. Stir in 1 cup of milk, 4 cups of flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Gently stir in 4 cups of huckleberries. Spoon into greased and floured 9″ x 13″ pan. For the topping, combine 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of butter.  Sprinkle over top of batter. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes at 375 degrees.

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9 Responses to Blueberries …… or Huckleberries?

  1. Yum, I miss those little berries already!

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  3. Susan K. says:

    I’ve looked for years for a huckleberry patch & have never found one. If anyone has suggestions on how to find one, please let me know. I live in the Philipsburg, Montana area & would appreciate any input. Thanks! Susan

  4. Zac says:

    From my experience, huckleberries are a specific berry that grows in Western Montana and Northern Idaho. I’m unaware of other locations that may have huckleberries, but they are not to be confused with blueberries. We have plenty of wild berries (high and low bush), but there is only one Huckleberry!

    Susan K: Try Priest Lake ID. (legendary picking) or talk to people around town – they may not tell you their ‘secret spot’ but they can usually direct you to a place with a few berries.

    Learning and yearning: Baker Creek (rareseeds.com) says it’s 75 days to maturity for their Garden Huckleberry. This is not a true Huckleberry as it must be cooked and should not be eaten raw. Real huckleberries are incredibly sweet and flavorful right off of the bush. The picture doesn’t even look like a huck.

    • From what I have read, I’m sure you are correct, but don’t try to tell that to an old timer in PA. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

    • Cindy cleland says:

      I live in southern Louisiana and we have huckleberries here. I have dug bushes in the winter and planted about 10 in my patch. This year has been a bumper crop and they are still coming.

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