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Foraging: Huckleberries & Pie July 22, 2011



We’ve spent the last couple of days foraging for huckleberries.  It’s so important to take advantage of the beautiful fruits that nature provides.  They’re there for the picking.  Pick them! PICK THEM! Admittedly, I take this to an obsessive sort of level – my poor husband has nearly had a heart attack on a number of occasions when I scream “STOP THE CAR” at the sight of a particularly good patch of blackberries.  But this early in the season, the whole family shares my unbridled enthusiasm.

Those long-awaited fruits have arrived.  In the forest near our home Salmonberries and Huckleberries are ripe.

This has been the first year that our son, now 6, has understood the benefit of putting the berries in the bucket to bring home. Like his mother, his passion for berry picking is absolute. But until this year, his impatience got the best of him every time and he ate every last berry he picked. Nothing wrong with that really. Fresh. Delicious. Healthy.  It’s what our 3-year old daughter did this year. But  neat to see our son able to exercise self-restraint – to pick berries, bring berries home, dutifully hand over the berries and patiently wait for them to turn into something even better.

And they did!

Huckleberry Pie

Huckleberry Pie

With the exception of our 3-year old daughter, who doesn’t like pie, we all agree that Huckleberry pie – with it’s  perfect combination of tart and sweet – is the true sign of summer.  Luckily, the summer heat is refusing to make an appearance this year, so baking it was not only easy, but also enjoyable! Coming up next, huckleberry jam and huckleberry muffins. Yum.

Huckleberry Pie


  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 4 cups huckleberries
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons soya milk or cream
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Gently coat  huckleberries in flour, then place in a pastry-lined pan. Spoon sugar evenly over berries. Sprinkle lemon rind and lemon juice over top. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust. Seal edges and cut steam vents in top. Brush surface with soya milk or cream, avoiding fluted edges of crust. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is golden brown.


2 Responses to “Foraging: Huckleberries & Pie”

  1. Sheila Rosenthal Says:

    Hi Tovar, I was reading the giving thanks essay today. It really is a touching thing to do, to light a candle and express our gratitude. I had a question for you, though: Do you have any thoughts about how I can get deeper with my daughter, since it is only the two of us? She is old enough to give thanks for more than the earth (she’s 8), and she’s basically stuck with that same line for the past five years, despite my myriad areas of thanks offered up as examples. I don’t want to get preachy on her, though.

    • Hi Sheila, Thanks for the comment. I suspect that since you’ve already incorporated this practice into your life, you’ve probably got great ideas and my suggestions are likely similar to your previous efforts. Although you may not see her expressing her understanding of gratitude yet, I’m sure the seed is planted. 1) Here are a few more suggestions:
      Expose your daughter to the opportunity to experience “less” – whether this is through volunteer experiences, travel, simple observations, or other. It can be difficult to appreciate what we have without a basis for relativity. 2) Make gratitude fun. Allow opportunity to express gratitude in other contexts – draw pictures, sing songs, write it down. 3) Be spontaneous in your modeling. Go for hike and share the absolute joy when you reach the top. Make it apart of your every day life, not just a practice that happens at the dinner table. 4) Make a giving tree, chart or jar. The other half of gratitude is experiencing the joy of helping others. Choose a few simple acts of giving (bake a pie for a neighbour, smile at a stranger, surprise a sibling) and put them in a jar. Pull out one “random act of kindness” until the jar is empty.

      Hope these suggestions help – is it OK if I repost your comments and my reply on the Thrifty and Green site as well? Perhaps some of our readers have other helpful ideas.

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