Black Pepper Huckleberry Jam - Foraged

Black Pepper Huckleberry Jam

A few twists of black pepper make this huckleberry jam your new go-to condiment. Add a little sweet heat to your toast, serve it with cheese, or use it to make a glaze for rich proteins.

What do Huckleberries Taste Like?

The term “huckleberry” can refer to a few different species of berries, which will vary slightly in flavor. Generally speaking, they’re a lot like blueberries, but with a little less of the sweet-floral flavors. We like huckleberries because they offer a wide range of culinary applications, easily becoming sweet, sour, or savory in different dishes.

This Recipe Calls for Foraged Spices

We really like the addition of juniper and sweet fern in this jam – but they’re totally optional. Feel free to play with the spices and herbs used here. We think wild mint, beach rose, or birch would be great pairings – but you can just as easily stick to the berries, salt, sugar, and pepper and still get a great jam!

Try it on our wild seed pancake recipe or our mushroom cornbread recipe.

Where Can I Buy Huckleberries?

Right here! Our marketplace has all sorts of wild foods, including huckleberries.

Buy huckleberries

combine ingredients in a saucepan
cook until thickened

Savory Huckleberry Jam

A few twists of black pepper make this huckleberry jam your new go-to condiment. Add a little sweet heat to your toast, serve it with cheese, or use it to make a glaze for rich proteins.
Prep Time0 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Condiment, Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry jam, homemade jam, huckleberry, jam
Yield: 4 people
Calories: 25kcal
Cost: 10

Equipment

  • 1 small sauce pot

Materials

  • 2 cups frozen huckleberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground sweetfern leaves [optional]
  • 2 juniper berries, crushed [optional]

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a small sauce pot set over medium heat. cook until the mixture has reduced and flavors have melded, about 30min. Transfer to jars and cool.

2 thoughts on “Black Pepper Huckleberry Jam”

  1. JB here – I developed this recipe and just wanted to mention a couple things I like about this one: I love when jams and preserves are both sweet and savory at the same time, and I think this one does a great job of inhabiting both spaces. I keep dreaming about having it with a beautiful cheese and a wheat-y cracker. I also love the texture of this jam – you can still see the individual berries, but it’s quite homogenous. Makes for good texture wherever you use it. If you make this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments here – any adjustments you’d make?

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