What, you are probably asking yourself, is a whortleberry? Well, I’m glad you did asked.
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!
Source: Miss Corson’s American Cookery and Household Management, 1886.