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Huckleberries and Hmong Farmers

Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 01:07 AM Karen Hood

In Spokane County we have a contingent of Homng people who enrich our farmers markets with some of the best produce and flowers. But they also bring us a much more anticipated culinary delight. Gathering huckleberries is a deep tradition in the northwest but in many cases it is the Hmong who are doing the picking and selling now. Most of us are glad too. Picking huckleberries is pretty time consuming work. Huckleberries are a delicious tradition. Buy enough for a pie and ice cream and you’ll see that they are worth every dollar spent. Their flavor is really like nothing else, the taste is hard to describe, so it is best to taste them for yourself.

Huckleberries are just starting to ripen in the mountains of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. You should start to see them at the Market in the next few weeks.

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