Blueberries …… or Huckleberries?

What do you call them?

Wild blueberries always make me nostalgic. My family spent summers at a beautiful mountain lake and blueberries were abundant on the mountain. Mom would make pancakes in the morning and we would run out into the yard in our pajamas to gather just enough berries to add to the batter. Of course, we always called them huckleberries. To us, a wild berry was a huckleberry, and a cultured berry was a blueberry. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are numerous definitions for these terms depending, I guess, on local custom. Some say that low bush berries are huckleberries and high bush are blueberries. Others say it the size of the seed that determines the name.

So, Mike went berry picking yesterday and came home with 5 quarts of wonderfulness. Today, I made two pies and several half pints of jam, using the same recipe I use for Strawberry Maple Jam. Wonderfulness turned into even more wonderfulness!

Whether you call them blueberries or huckleberries, they are a highlight of summer. I’ll leave you with a recipe that my mom made every summer at the lake. These days, I make mine with sprouted wheat flour, but I’ll give you the recipe just as she made it:

Huckleberry Buckle

Beat 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of butter and 2 eggs. Stir in 1 cup of milk, 4 cups of flour, 4 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Gently stir in 4 cups of huckleberries. Spoon into greased and floured 9″ x 13″ pan. For the topping, combine 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of butter.  Sprinkle over top of batter. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes at 375 degrees.

Strawberry Maple Jam

There is so much to love about this jam. There are only two ingredients, both of which are available in my local area. It’s simple to make, it’s healthier than jam with sugar, and it’s delicious. The maple flavor does not overpower the strawberries, but remains subtle. According to Janie Quinn, author of Essential Eating: The Digestible Diet, maple syrup is “the easiest-to-digest natural sweetener because it digests very slowly, thereby avoiding a sugar rush into the bloodstream.”

To make the jam, simply mix 3 cups of strawberries, hulled and quartered, with 1 cup of pure maple syrup. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Cool, and enjoy. Let me know what you think.

Update: I’ve also used this recipe to make huckleberry jam, and raspberry jam. Each was just as wonderful as the strawberry. 

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