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Huckleberries

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quite a few people have spark mailed me to find out what huckleberries are. They are actually wild blueberries,, they are tiny, usually about half the size of an aspirin tab. They are much sweeter than cultivated blueberries that you purchase. Nothing like them in a store!!
My mouth is watering, just thinking about eating them!!

Dd and I have invented a contraption that picks them much quicker than me crawling on my hands and knees and getting maybe three at a time. It is a long-handled dustpan like those seen at Disney or Cedar Point,, we attached a long Afro comb to the bottom of it, and we run it through the tiny plant, get the tiny berries to fall back into the dustpan!

We were deep in the forests of the Upper Peninsula at Crisp Point Lighthouse last summer, stopped to use it to bring the treasured little berries home.. We were on a two-track sand road 28 miles into a fire trail with my Buick!! Earnhardt could take lessons from my skillful driving that day, huge logs, rocks, overgrown plants, all in a four foot wide sand trail that ATV's use daily.

The pies and cobblers , preserves made from these little guys is pure bliss!! I use agave nectar to sweeten them in baking, but just hand-eating is the best, no sweeteners required!!

An even more treasured, remarkable berry is the thimbleberry. it is SOMETHING like a blackberry and something like a raspberry, thimble-shaped,,but tastes very unique. It ONLY grows within a certain radius of ground in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The monks make jams, pies, etc to sell,from them and the location of their source is a secret as guarded as Area 51!

I do not have health insurance, so will not try to penetrate the perimeter this summer for the thimbleberries.. those Yoopers have their own way to deal with Trolls and I cannot run faster than the slowest of any of them!
I will continue to glean the forests of the huckleberries though,, finders keepers!! I just do not want a repeat of three years ago when the moose came snuffling around where I was picking alone.. DD and I have a back-to-back lookout system in place for that now..
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FLORIDASUN 6/14/2014 10:26AM

    YUMMY...those huckleberries sound great. I think I've only heard of them from reading a Huck Finn novel. I think he told about a huckleberry adventure...but it was so long ago I might just have it mixed up with his name! emoticon emoticon

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JEWELSGMA 6/13/2014 3:23PM

    Yum they are really good last time i had them was when i went to Battleground washington they were all over the place there

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TEALHAWK1 6/12/2014 9:36PM

    I love huckleberries! Great blog

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ANNEMARIA6 6/12/2014 9:31PM

    We pick wild blueberries here too! I love the jack pine forest close to us, but we need to keep a close lookout for black bears. Usually you can smell them before you see them. (It is a mild skunk like odor). We love pies, crisps and cobblers with these berries and they are yummy in smoothies.
The huckleberries you pick sound really delicious, our berry patch will ripen around mid to late August. but first we have Saskatoon berries which are so good and make such flavorful pie!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/11/2014 11:58PM

    I don't remember ever hearing of huckleberries. Sounds good, though.

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MTN_KITTEN 6/11/2014 11:25PM

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IMNOTSTOPPIN 6/11/2014 11:00PM

    Yes! Loved your blog too. I d







R>on't think they have anything as scrumptious as huckleberries in California do they? You make your excursions very enviable! LOL!


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LACEYKYLE 6/11/2014 9:54PM

    Loved your blog. Quite humorous and well written. Thank you. The closest I've ever come to a huckleberry was Huckleberry Hound when I was a kid.

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AUNTRENEE 6/11/2014 9:54PM

    I've heard of huckleberries. They sound good. I'm not too picky on my fruits and veggies. Its just the way they're fixed. Wished that I was near you to sample some of your goodies.

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SURVIVOR61 6/11/2014 7:34PM

    Man, I just love those wild berries... remember how blue your mouth and fingers would turn. Then watch out for critters, bears, and least favorite was the snakes. Lol

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CATTUTT 6/11/2014 7:15PM

    Man now I really wish I could get my hands on some huckleberries, they sound delicious! Good luck with your huckleberry hunting!

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MYTURNNOW2013 6/11/2014 6:28PM

    Awww that moose just wanted some huckleberry cobbler!

I've never encountered one, must be bigger than a semi truck!

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SUSANSPAINTBOX 6/11/2014 5:21PM

    There is nothing sweeter than a wild blueberry freshly picked, but freezing them to eat in the winter, works too! Enjoy and I am envious!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 6/11/2014 5:13PM

    Stay away from the trolls. The huckleberries sound delicious. I wonder if they are like our boysenberries?

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GABY1948 6/11/2014 5:07PM

    You are CERTAINLY WISE beyond your years! Good upbringin' you had there young lady! ENJOY emoticon

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MAGICHEIDE 6/11/2014 4:53PM

    Thanks for the info on huckleberries! emoticon

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