The Elusive Huckleberry
Elusive because each season can be hit or miss due to rainfall and optimum ripening times. It's getting more competitive out there. Between bear, fox, and birds, local pickers, visiting pickers and the abundance of professionals that "litter-aly" rake the forest for these tasty gems, the casual huckleberry picking stroll five minutes from home for "pick and graze" or a "pick to pie" experience is rapidly dwindling.
Colorful and tasty, the Huckleberry lends itself to everything from cold soups to salads, desserts and iced creams to, believe it or not, meat, fowl and fish. Halibut in a small puddle of purple? Absolutely.
You may have search farther away from you home base and for longer but you will be rewarded. When you find your "no tell-em" patch, mark it well in your memory, leave no trace you were there and leave the redder berries ripen for the next forager be it two legged or four.