Today is really October 23rd, but I’m posting this as of the day I took these pictures and picked huckleberries – September 17th.
We’ve had this huckleberry bush for maybe 25 years. It’s on the west side of our house, and it got happier over the years when the afternoon shade from the maple and cedar trees got deeper. So both time and more shade have given us this truly lovely bush that’s about 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. I try not to trim it so it has the most opportunity to produce fruit. This year, we picked at least a quart of huckleberries, and left LOTS on the bush, which the birds are now enjoying (along with the bright red fruit on the Korean Dogwood nearby.) I keep my elephant ears (colocasia) in pots next to this bush during the summer.
In the spring, I posted pictures of the blossoms on this bush – I think maybe of even the same branch. Pink blossoms to blue-black berries. So nice to see this tranformation!
This morning, as last Sunday morning, we made (gluten-free) Buckwheat Huckleberry Pancakes. I used the buckwheat pancake recipe from Bette Hagman’s book, The Gluten-free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods. Great recipe. This week I used a little less buttermilk than the recipe called for, and added the huckleberries still frozen. What a treat!