One thing that I think is pretty cool about where I live is that I have native fruit bushes growing in the forested area of my plot of land. With all the cutting down of trees and the development of the massive ‘cookie cutter’ homes I feel like I am preserving a little bit of the natural landscape.
I have all sorts of fruit bushes growing such as Salmonberries, Salal, Oregon Grape but the one I have in the largest group are the red huckleberries. These are really attractive plants, they have lovely leaves and they can get quite large. They end up being covered in a delicate, slightly translucent, red berry which looks to me like a smaller red blueberry. The birds enjoy eating them as much as I do but there are more than enough to go around! Traditionally they used to be used as bait for fishing believe it or not!
This year I have big plans for this berry, they should be ripe and ready to eat in early July! I am going to try some jam but also some baked goods as well to try and see how the flavor changes based on the cooking method.
I would love to hear from you all if you have made things using red huckleberries...please share!