Idaho: the state of potatoes, syringa flowers, precious gems, and one of the most sought-after fruits...huckleberries!
Although we were the first to claim this wild berry as our state fruit, we’re not the only home to this ancient powerhouse. In fact, they grow from Wyoming to Alaska between July and September, making them a hot commodity this time of year!
Henry David Thoreau documented his first observance of their use among Native American tribes in 1615, but their existence likely dates back much further than that.
Not only were they a primary food source for the Native Americans but they viewed this time of year as the “ideal season”. Mainly because of the cooler weather. As well as the opportunity to visit with friends and relatives from neighboring tribes as they all gathered huckleberries.
It was so revered, in fact, that they celebrated with a sacred ceremony in which the first huckleberries collected were blessed and sung over.
But for them, these little berries provided much more than food throughout the winter months. They were also used for medicinal purposes. Wherein the roots and stems of the plant were brewed into a tea to address heart trouble, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Well, it could be that just one serving of wild huckleberries has more antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable. They are rich in Vitamin A, B, and C as well as iron, which offers a plethora of benefits to the human body. The combination of these nutrients alone may prevent several ailments. Including heart disease, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and certain prenatal health problems.
I’d say our friends were on to something, wouldn’t you?
Of course, our carefully concocted Huckleberry Mule is great on its own, but if you want to take it to another level you can turn it into a delicious Mule or Mocktail!
*To make it a mocktail, simply omit the vodka!
We hope you enjoy the Huckleberry Mule while it lasts! it's a reminder that the tradition of huckleberries is deeply connected to our roots here in Idaho. Which we think makes this juice even more special!
To our customers with allergies:
We openly handle several allergens throughout our stores, including peanut butter, tree nuts (e.g., almond, coconut, cashew, etc.), a variety of fruits, wheat, and others. While we take precautions to keep ingredients separate and to accommodate allergen orders, we cannot guarantee that any of our beverages or foods are allergen-free as we use shared equipment to store, prepare and serve them. Examples of shared equipment include spatulas, blenders, blender wands, juicers, and freezers. Please consult your doctor if you have questions about food allergies, so that you can make the decision that is right for you.