Monday, September 27, 2010

Wild huckleberries


Just before school began, we had a day to go look for wild huckleberries.  We knew that they are found in the mountains of Idaho, but we didn't  know exactly where.  (And apparently, no one in Idaho shares that kind of information.)  B had some vague directions to a general area they could be found in, but I wasn't sure we'd find any.  We didn't even know what the plants would look like.  But our optimism prevailed, because we set out to find huckleberries anyway.


We drove through some nearby mountains, and every time we saw a bush with berries, we would stop to investigate--but after several unsuccessful stops, things weren't looking very good.  Finally, we found some berries that looked like they might be huckleberries, but the taste wasn't quite right, like they were unripe or something.  I was tired of driving, and so were the kids, so we decided to just go for a walk and see what we could find on foot.  We found more bushes of the possibly-unripe-huckleberries.  S and N started picking these and putting them in their baskets just for fun.  Then, not far away, B found a whole patch of honest-to-goodness wild huckleberries.  They were ripe, and they were delicious.  We spent some time there picking berries, and filled up a basket to bring home. 


If anyone wants to pick huckleberries next year let us know--we'll be glad to share our patch.

6 comments:

Amira said...

I remember the jealously-guarded huckleberry patches even though we just were inn that part of Idaho for a year. Glad you found your own patch you can share.

Lucy said...

That is so exciting! I didn't know where wild huckleberries came from. I found some huckleberry syrup and honey for sale in a local gift shop for quite a high price. What a lucky, fun outing!

.rachel. said...

I don't think I've ever even tasted huckleberries - are they similar to blueberries? Your family always does such great activities. Now that you picked them will you eat them or make huckleberry pie?

Kendra said...

Yummy!

John said...

I am new to Idaho, and would love to take my children to pick some wild huckleberries...Would you be willing to share the location of where you found your patch???..please??

mj said...

John, sorry for not answering sooner--we've had a crazy busy summer. It's a bit late for this year's huckleberry season, but email me and let me know what part of Idaho you live in, and I will try to help for next year. :)