Bilberry (Berry) (Whole) - (1.00 lb.)
Bilberry, in either berry or leaf form, is commonly known as huckleberry in the United States and is a European variety of blueberry.
These fruits have a wide variety of uses and have a mildly acidic flavor.
They may be eaten as dessert, steeped in tea or used as a garnish for tarts.
Bilberries, or Vaccinium myrtillus, have rich blue-red pigments responsible for their unmistakable color.
Bilberriesare found growing in temperate and subarctic regions of the world.
Like blueberries, it thrives in damp, acidic conditions.
The plant takes time to become well established, but is very cold-hardy.
In colonial times, it was used as a dye for wool.
Other common names include bleaberry, whortleberry, shinberry and whinberry.
Suggested Uses: Bilberry is used as a tea, in jams or jellies or can be encapsulated. It also makes its way into liqueurs and desserts.
Directions: As a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1/2 teaspoon of bilberries. Cover and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain, serve and enjoy.
Botanical Name: Vaccinium myrtillus L.