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New Ideas for Regional Favorites: Pacific Northwest, So Berry Good

New Ideas for Regional Favorites: Pacific Northwest, So Berry Good

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Last Published: 10/24/2017

New Ideas for Regional Favorites: Pacific Northwest, So Berry Good

If you find yourself in the northwest region of the United States, particularly in the great state of Montana, chances are you will be pleasantly overcome with the amount of delicious dishes you encounter featuring wild huckleberries, not to be confused with the larger and sweeter northeastern blueberry. 

This delicious berry grows abundantly throughout the area and is a mainstay on restaurant menus. From luscious jams, jellies and preserves to pies, cakes and candies, huckleberry-laden creations abound. As with all regional favorites, local restaurants have explored new and exciting ways to capitalize on the huckleberry’s popularity with consumers.

NEW TWISTS ON A REGIONAL FAVORITE:

  • Beyond the bakery goodness. Regional restaurants are incorporating the delicious huckleberry flavor into a host of other sweet treats, including wild huckleberry fudge, huckleberry ice cream and an iconic huckleberry bear claw.
  • Huckleberries have a savory side, too. One regional chef took the huckleberry to new heights by infusing its rich, sweet flavor into a tangy homemade BBQ sauce that his customers crave.
  • The healthy side of huckleberries. Another regional restaurant is catering to customers looking for a healthier option with a signature Huckleberry Walnut Salad. This dish features spring greens, walnuts, dried cranberries, sliced green apples, bleu cheese crumbles, sliced avocado and Montana huckleberries. Sustainability is more and more important to our communities and customers.

Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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