Today we are Making Garden Huckleberry Pie or as some would call it Wonder Berry Pie. In this post, we give you an overview of where my berries came from and then we demonstrate how to make the pie.
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Garden Huckleberry aka Solanum nigrum aka Wonder Berry is a fruiting annual plant in the night shade family. The unripe fruit and leaves are toxic, so make sure you only pick totally ripe fruit.
Last year I planted garden huckleberry seeds in my basement under grow lights in February. They grew very well, as they always do, and I moved them outside in mid-May.
Out at the farm we had two plants planted very close together. All of the berries were left on the vine until after we had a few frosts and then they were harvested all at once. We ended up harvesting one-and-a-half-gallon Ziploc bags. The fruit is about the size of a small cherry or grape.
We removed all of the stems, washed and dried them and froze them. Now, six months later we are finally making something with them. That is the beauty of harvesting and freezing the excess bounty.
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Garden Huckleberry Pie Recipe
4c garden huckleberry 1 ½ c sugar
¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp butter 1 lemon (juice only)
2 tbsp cornstarch 2 pie crusts
Preheat oven to 375°F. Stem, wash and drain huckleberries. Place berries in a heavy pot, cover with cold water and bring to a slow boil and cook until soft. Drain and then mash the berries with a potato masher to break their skins.
Add sugar, nutmeg, salt, butter, lemon juice and cornstarch. Cook for about five minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
Place pastry for bottom crust in pie pan. Pour in the berry mixture and dot with butter.
Cover with top crust, crimping crust edges to seal and piercing top crust all over with a fork to allow steam to escape.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the crust is a light brown. Cool and eat.
I made this recipe this past weekend and it made two pies. The family and I enjoyed them very much. Garden Huckleberry has a unique flavor that is difficult to describe. The closest fruit I can say that it taste like is blue berry, but it really is quite different than blue berry as well. I would highly recommend that you try this Garden Huckleberry if you are a berry lover.
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