Read an Excerpt
Huckleberry Nutrition and Health
As the interest in nutrition increases and people are becoming more and more conscious about what they eat, the interest in fruits and berries and their contents also grows. Although we still do not know much about the nutritional content of huckleberries, it is a fruit and, therefore, holds many of the same characteristics that are true for other fruits and berries.
Since the huckleberry is so closely related to the blueberry, it most likely would have very similar nutritional value. Therefore, it would be a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, as well as a good source of vitamin E.
Blueberries are the highest rated among 60 different fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capabilities. A study also found that blueberry wine delivered 38 percent more antioxidant anthocyanins than red wine, which is touted for its cardioprotective capability.
Studies of the bilberry (a cousin of the blueberry) have shown that its extract improves nighttime visual acuity. And, fruit may be even better for your eyesight than carrots!
There are many good reasons to eat huckleberries and other fresh fruits. First of all, most fruits and berries consist of mostly water, and they are 100% bad cholesterol-free. Eating food that is rich in water content makes it easier for your body to digest, so that your body can use its energy for other purposes, such as thinking. Fruit and berry juices take only about 15 minutes to digest, and raw fruits or berries take about 30 minutes to digest. A steak can take up to 8 to 10 hours to digest, especially when eaten in combination with potatoes. In comparison to fruits andberries (30 minutes), a lot of energy is lost to the digestion process of proteins, and this means that you cannot use that energy for other things like thinking or disposing of wasteful toxins in the body. Fruits and berries stimulate our brains to work clearer and smoother. In fact, it has been said that students eating fruit before an exam found that their test results were higher than when they did not.
Fruits and berries contain healthy fibers, and a diet with plenty of fiber can be helpful in the fight against high blood pressure and colon disease.
My sons love chicken wings, and this is an easy variation of the classic chicken wings recipes.
|1 1/2||c. huckleberry preserves (recipe page 197)|
|1/3||c. balsamic vinegar|
|3||Tbs. soy sauce|
|1 1/2||tsp. crushed red pepper|
|5||lb. chicken wings|
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
3. In small saucepan combine preserves, vinegar, soy sauce, and red pepper; stir over medium heat until well blended, then remove from heat and cool.
4. In large bowl toss wings with half the preserves mixture, then place on baking sheets; bake for 20 minutes.
5. Turn wings and brush with remaining preserves mixture.
6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes more or until no pink remains in chicken and sauce glazes wings; serve immediately.
Yields: 6 servings.
Did You Know? . . . .
Did you know that the "garden huckleberry" is not a true huckleberry but is a member of the nightshade family, which includes not only nightshade but tomatoes and chili peppers?
Huckleberry Oven Custard Puff Pancake
Our family loves puff pancakes. The addition of huckleberries makes this a great breakfast treat.
2 Tbs. butter
2 c. milk, divided
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. huckleberries
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Heat butter in heavy skillet in oven until bubbly.
3. While skillet and butter are heating, beat eggs, 1/4 cup milk, flour, sugar, and salt together in bowl until smooth; beat in remaining milk.
4. Pour into oven-heated skillet; bake for 20 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with berries and cinnamon.
6. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer, until knife inserted comes out clean and pancake is browned and puffed.
7. Serve immediately in pan at the table.
8. Cut into wedges to serve; sprinkle with additional fresh huckleberries.
Did You Know? . . . .
Did you know that huckleberries have pink flowers, and blueberries typically have white flowers?
Huckleberry Pineapple Relish
This is a delicious relish that is a great accompaniment to any meal. Just wait until your family gets a taste of this one! You will be making more very soon!
2 c. fresh huckleberries, chopped
1 c. diced fresh pineapple
1 lg. jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tsp. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp. salt
1. In processor, pulse berries to coarsely chop; repeat separately to coarsely chop pineapple, then combine both in medium mixing bowl.
2. Add jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, brown sugar, and salt; blend well.
3. Refrigerate up to 4 hours before eating if using fresh.
4. For preserving, bring to a boil in 2-quart saucepan; turn heat to simmer and cook for 8 minutes.
5. Pour into sterilized jars, and process following canning directions on page 234.