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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Friday, December 7, 2012 1:00 AM

Huckleberry Sundae, Cole's Drugs, Big Timber, Montana

By Michael Stern:
If your sweet tooth was honed in the high mountains of the northern plains, you know how good huckleberries can be. Similar to blueberries, but not as sweet, the wine-purple fruit, a favorite of grizzly bears a well as humans, delivers a flavor punch as rich as dark chocolate. They are seldom seen outside the plains, but if you crave some, the place to know about is a shop in Bigfork, Montana, named Eva Gates. Mrs. Gates started putting up preserves in 1949, and now her progeny offer a small inventory of products that reflect the fruity bounty of the Flathead Valley: syrups made from black cap berries and chokecherries, huckleberry preserves, and huckleberry fudge. Christmas gift baskets, tins, and boxes are available. Eva Gates Homemade Preserves: 456 Electric Avenue, Bigfork MT. 406-837-4356.


You can find huckleberries in the Oregon and Washington Cascades mountain range , my family picked them near Mt. Adams and cafes in small towns would feature pies and muffins with them. Have not found them in any of the places featuring local food here in Portland yet.
Posted by mr chips on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 2:08 PM

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