Occasionally, we are asked (mostly by folks outside the Pacific Northwest) why we feature so many huckleberry items on our website.  After all, isn't Idaho the potato state?

What many people don't know, is that the huckleberry is the official Idaho state fruit!!

According to the Idaho Secretary of State website ....

" Several huckleberry species are native to Idaho, all belonging to genus Vaccinium section Myrtillus. The most common and popular is the black or thin-leaved huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum). Plants grow slowly, taking up to 15 years to reach full maturity. Black huckleberries produce single plump, dark purple berries in the axils of leaves on new shoots. They depend on an insulating cover of snow for survival during winter and have not been successfully grown commercially. Black huckleberries grow at elevations between 2,000 and 11,000 feet with many productive colonies between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. Black huckleberries usually grow from 1 to 6 feet tall and produce berries up to 1/2 inch in diameter. Huckleberries are a favorite food of bears."

Of course, most of our customers really don't care about the species, or about the growth of the plant, they just care about the taste of products made with this unique and beloved fruit!
 
Oh, and about 80% of sales at Tastes of Idaho are huckleberry products... another reason we feature them so heavily. In fact, we are bummed when we run out of even one huckleberry goodie from our inventory. 

But for those readers who want to learn more about huckleberries, let me introduce you to the Wild Huckleberry Association website



The Wild Huckleberry Association site shares just about everything and anything you would ever want to know about huckleberries .... including numerous recipes using huckleberries and huckleberry products.
 
Plus, check out the companion Huckleberry Association Facebook page to stay up on the latest in huckleberry news. 
 
I Love Wild Huckleberries
 
AND, for those of you who are into chasing the elusive wild huckleberry - referred to as "purple gold" in these parts - as well as turning them into culinary trophies, check out this Facebook group:
 
Huckleberry Hunting and Recipes

Enjoy!