Native to Europe and the British Isles, Vaccinium myrtillus is known as the European blueberry. Bilberry, sometimes spelled billberry, produces flavorful blue berries that are enjoyed alone and also applied in traditional European herbalism. A healthful addition to any recipe, bilberry fruit can be used in infusions, smoothies, baking recipes, trail mixes, and granola. Bilberries can also be macerated in liqueurs, vinegars, and syrups.
Also known as "Black Hearts" according to Thomas Hardy in his 1878 novel The Return of the Native, the European bilberry bush is a close relative of American blueberries, cranberries, and huckleberries. It flourishes in damp acidic soil throughout temperate and sub-arctic regions of the world. The bilberry has a long history of traditional use. The English used it as a dye for wool due to its wonderful dark blue/purple coloring. Additional common names include huckleberry and whortleberry.
Antioxidant activity of phenolic acid contained in bilberry help maintain cell integrity and fight free radicals.*
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