Who knew Montana is Huckleberry Heaven?

Yes, that’s right. I wrote a blog about Huckleberries!

Who knew Montana is Huckleberry Heaven? The small, purple-ish berries are everywhere and they are spectacular. 

You can find huckleberries in many Pacific Northwest and Northwestern National Forests. Huckleberries often thrive in the Rocky Mountains – and specifically in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

During my week in Montana,  I did not see a single menu that did not have at least one huckleberry item, from the basics like pie and cobbler to more unusual offerings like huckleberry milkshakes and fudge!

Huckleberries grow wild in the mountains and forests. They’re full of sugar, making them a favorite food of bears, so watch your back out there!

Huckleberries look similar to darker blueberries. Late summer is considered to be huckleberry season in Montana, with the tastiest berries available for picking between mid-August and mid-September.

Huckleberries are small red and purple berries related to both blueberries and cranberries. Smaller than a blueberry and sweeter than a cranberry, many believe that huckleberries are the best of both worlds. Huckleberries come from a shrub-like plant that grows in the underbrush of forests. More than twelve species of huckleberries are found throughout Pacific Northwest forests.

Although some have tried, there is no reliable method to cultivate huckleberries in mass. But that is part of what makes this fruit so magical – you need to go out and forage in forests for these wild berries.  Not in season check out the shops! They all have yummy huckleberry finds!

So now you know.