Category: Food



Introduction and description

Bilberry is any of several species of low-growing shrubs in the genus Vaccinium (family Ericaceae), bearing edible berries. The species most often referred to is Vaccinium myrtillus L., but there are several other closely related species. Bilberries are distinct from blueberries but closely related to them.

Bilberry (especially Vaccinium myrtillus) is also known in English by other names including blaeberry , whortleberry, whinberry, winberry, windberry, wimberry, myrtle blueberry and fraughan. In several other European languages its name translates as "blueberry", and this may cause confusion with the related plants more usually known as "blueberry" in English, which are in the separate section Cyanococcus of the Vaccinium genus. In Europe including the British Isles the bilberry grows natively in the wild on acidic soils (whereas the blueberry is native to North America). It is very plentiful in the Peak district and Scotland.


We eat them raw here in our parts, sometimes with sugar.  But you can also treat them in the same way as black currants.

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