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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @ 09:08 AM Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Huckleberry Nutrition

Many people will search long and hard for the delicious huckleberry. Grown in the high mountains of the Northwest they are well sought after. Since the berries are not able to be grown on lower elevations it makes them harder to grow. The huckleberry belongs to the same family of fruits as blueberries, but huckleberries only grow properly at altitudes starting around 2,000 feet above sea level. Despite ongoing research no one has yet found a way to cultivate huckleberries for agricultural production. People will often spend many hours harvesting these special berries for amazing treats or jams and jellies. Several restaurants in the northwest will have special huckleberry menus during the late summers that often include lemonade, pies, ice-creams and salads.

Nutritional Benefits of Huckleberries

1 ounce of huckleberries contain around 10 calories and 2.5 grams of carbohydrates. These berries are high in vitamins, and contain around 22 IU of vitamin A. They also contain high amounts of vitamin B and vitamin C. At the same time, other minerals like sodium, iron, potassium, and calcium are found in these berries. The following are the medicinal uses of these berries from an article on Buzzle. Huckleberries contain high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants help in prevention of several diseases like cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, glaucoma, etc. Antioxidants also slow down the process of aging. Therefore, including huckleberries in the diet can be very helpful.

  • As mentioned above, these berries contain high amounts of vitamin B which is beneficial for speeding up the metabolism and enhancing cell growth. Vitamin B is also essential for improving the immune system and having healthy hair and skin.
  • Huckleberries also enhance the function of pancreas and aid in digestion of starch and sugar. Secondly, it is also believed that these berries help in prevention of pancreatic cancer.
  • As the berries have high amounts of vitamin C, consuming them help in boosting the immune system and keeping infectious diseases at bay. They also help in prevention of heart and eye diseases.
  • It is also proven that huckleberries are beneficial for treating skin diseases. Packs made using huckleberries help in treatment of skin disorders like eczema.
  • Along with slowing down the process of aging, huckleberries also protect cells against damage caused due to free radicals. This helps in prevention of premature wrinkling of the skin.
  • Huckleberries also contain potassium which is useful for carrying out different functions in the body; the major being regulation of water balance.
  • As these berries are high in iron, they help in building healthy red blood cells.
  • Lastly, the huckleberries are gaining popularity because they also help in the treatment of diseases like peptic ulcers, hemorrhoids, glaucoma, muscular degeneration and varicose veins

With all this talk about Huckleberries I am sure you are wanting to get some in your house! Check out the yummy jams listed below and order now! Also listed available for purchase is the Huckleberry Delights Cookbook with all of it’s yummy recipes for every course and suited for every cooking skill level.

Huckleberry Jam

Huckleberries are one of the Northwest’s most cherished fruits. Our huckleberry jam is made from the freshest local huckleberries, hand-picked and lovingly crafted into a truly outstanding jam with a sweet, wild taste that will blow you away. Our huckleberry jam is packed full of berries and we pride ourselves on not using any filler, so you know you are getting that fabulous huckleberry flavor in every bite.

$4.50/4 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$6.50/6 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$8.50/8 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$10.49/12 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$13.50/16 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$25.50/32 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling


Huckleberry and Honey Jam

That fabulous, fresh wild berry taste you love blended with just the right amount of honey for a truly extraordinary jam that you simply won’t be able to get enough of! Packed with flavorful huckleberries, our jam never contains any filler or artificial colors and preservatives—just delicious fruit made the old-fashioned way with love and care.

 

$4.50/4 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$6.50/6 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$8.50/8 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$10.49/12 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$13.50/16 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling

$25.50/32 oz jar, plus Shipping and Handling