Ingredient Spotlight: Huckleberries

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One of my favorite childhood memories is spending summers at my parents’ mountain home in Highlands, North Carolina. Most days my mom would give me a metal pail and send me out berrypicking. I never had to go far; the woods surrounding our house were laden with blueberries, blackberries, and huckleberries.

Huckleberries are small, globe-shaped berries that come in red or black, depending on the variety. Each berry contains many seeds, and the flavor is a combination of sweet and tart. Like other berries, they can be used in jams, pies, cobblers, and crumbles. The plants are found in mountainous regions with acid soil and are in season at the end of the summer. They’re especially a favorite food of bears.

Give them a try if you find them; they’re really delicious!

(Image: Mary Asbach – thanks!)