Wild Fruit, Pacific Northwest
Red Huckleberries are translucent, red, acidic berries that grow on many branched shrubs that are up to 2 meters tall. The small, bell shaped flowers are solitary in the axils of the leaves.
Huckleberries are found on all of Vancouver Island. The berries are available in the fall. They make a superior jelly and may also be eaten raw or used for jams, preserves, pies, muffins and puddings.
To clean huckleberries, spread a clean, dry terry cloth towel over a slanted surface, such as a cutting board, with one end propped up a few inches above the other. Gently roll the berries down the towel, most of the debris and leaves will cling to the towel, while the berries roll off. Huckleberries should be stored covered in the refrigerator and will keep up to one week.
We freeze several ice cream buckets to use through out the winter, I use them in pancakes, muffins and I make a sweet and sour sauce out of them. They are great tasting in the middle of winter.