Whortleberry Fried-Cakes ~1886

Whortleberry Recipe – 1886

What, you are probably asking yourself, is a whortleberry? Well, I’m glad you did asked.

Source, Fair Use: Wikipedia

Other names include: bilberry and lingonberry. The name huckleberry is derived from whortleberry (Huckle/Whortle – I suppose I see the similarity). Whortleberries are often confused with blueberries. Blueberries were cultivated from hybrids only about 100 years ago, which I did not know.


Blueberries conjure up childhood memories of reading the children’s book Blueberries for Sal. Published in 1949, a tenacious young boy wanders off through a field of blueberries munching happily until he finds himself face-to-face with a small bear cub. Given the timeline of cultivar-to-publication, my hunch is that the blueberries in this story were actually huckleberries.

Regardless, whortleberry is a delightful word and it absolutely deserved its own recipe post!

Whortleberry 1891, Wikipedia

Source: Miss Corson’s American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.

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  1. This Swedish reader thought that lingonberries were red??? From now on I will call the blueberries I buy whortleberries! Makes me smile 🙂

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  2. Now I want to try whortleberries! But (side note), Blueberries for Sal is about a little *girl*, not a little boy! I remember being happy to note this, since so many kids’ stories from that period are about adventurous boys rather than girls…

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