Summer means travel and a bit ago we packed our SUV and headed for a short stay in Helena, MT. It was whirlwind trip, but worth it. On Saturday morning we took in the local farmer’s market. The streets bustled with….
and local musicians.
But what caught my attention were the regional Flathead cherries & local huckleberries.
Flathead cherries are locally grown in the Flathead Lakes area. They’re said to be a bit softer and sweeter than most. Vendors with baskets full walked up and down the streets handing out taste tests. Mmm! They were good!
Then we sampled the local huckleberries and I was hooked. Tarter than blueberries and a wee bit smaller, the vendor had me when she said she climbed the mountains and fought off grizzlies to get’em! Huckleberries are like morel mushrooms….you can’t grow them in your backyard, you have to “know the right spot.” I don’t know if the gal actually fought off grizzlies, but since I had no plans of taking on a bear to find them, I bought what she was selling.
Once home I turned my berries into huckleberry muffins. My own “grizzlies” loved them and they were soon gone.
You can use your favorite blueberry muffin recipe if you want. If you’re grizzlies want something a bit grittier to go with the berry mountain lifestyle, try adding 1/2 C. of white corn meal to the batter. You can also sprinkle sugar on top with a bit of nutmeg or mace.
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