Question - Where do bilberries come from?

Answered by: Elizabeth Cox  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 20-06-2022  |  Views: 1073  |  Total Questions: 14

The bilberry plant (Figure 4. 1) is a low-growing shrub native to northern Europe, but is now also found in parts of North America and Asia. Bilberry is also known as European blueberry, whortleberry, huckleberry, and blaeberry. It's a small shrub. Bilberry grows wild in the arctic and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The bulberry shrub produces round blue berries also known as bilberries. Bilberries are smaller and darker than blueberries, appearing to be almost black with a hint of blue. Bilberries are more intensely flavoured than blueberries, but they are softer and juicier than blueberries making them difficult to transport. In fact, outside the U. S. the bilberry is sometimes referred to as a blueberry. True blueberries, however, are native to the United States, whereas bilberries are native to Northern Europe and certain parts of North America and Asia. Both berries possess health-promoting antioxidant compounds, vitamins and minerals. Intrepid wild-food enthusiasts still go bilberry hunting in August and September. For the rest of us, though, they can be hard to get hold of. After a good harvest, fresh Polish bilberries can be bought at Booths (booths. co. uk; 01772 693800).

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Bilberries are usually found growing on the high ground and also in hard to reach places. It is, for this reason, you will rarely find bilberries in large quantities, or perhaps at all, in the store. A few northern supermarkets do make them available when in season.

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Common side effects of Bilberry include: Wasting syndrome (cachexia): weight loss, muscle loss, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite. Anemia. Yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice) Excitation at high doses (animal studies) May affect blood sugar levels.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/bilberry-benefits

Bilberries are small European blueberries that are rich in many nutrients and beneficial compounds. They're linked to reduced inflammation and blood sugar levels, as well as improved vision and heart health. As is the case with most berries, bilberries are a healthy addition to your diet.

https://www.ediblewildfood.com/bilberry.aspx

Berries are the edible parts of this shrub. They can be used in jams, pies, ice cream, or anything else in which berries are enjoyed. The fruit can be consumed raw or cooked; a slightly acid flavour is detected if eaten raw. The fruit can be dried.

https://plantinstructions.com/fruit/how-to-grow-bilberries/

If you live a cooler zone, choose a planting area with full sun. If you live in a warmer zone, choose a planting area with more shade. Soil must be well draining and acidic for these berries to thrive in. Work the soil to a depth of 8 inches and make a hole as big as the bilberry container and twice as wide.

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The dried, ripe fruit and leaves are used to make medicine. Bilberry is used for improving eyesight, including night vision. Bilberry is also used for treating eye conditions such as cataracts and disorders of the retina. There is some evidence that bilberry may help retinal disorders.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/jun/09/foodanddrink.food

The bilberry season is traditionally August and September, during which months, if we can believe the great 16th-century herbalist John Gerard, "the people of Cheshire do eate the black whortles in creame and milke as in these southern parts we do eate strawberries".

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/bilberry-extract.html

The following benefits have been observed from research studies into bilberries, bilberry extract or anthocyanosides: Strengthens blood vessels. Improves circulation. Treats diarrhoea. Prevent cell damage. Could help in treating retinopathy. May help lower blood glucose levels.

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The typical dose of the dried, ripe berries: 20-60 grams daily. People also drink a type of tea made from 5-10 grams (1-2 teaspoons) of the mashed berries. A dose of 160 mg of bilberry extract taken twice daily has been used in people with diseased retinas.

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-202/bilberry

There is some concern that bilberry might slow blood clotting. Taking bilberry along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

https://arcticflavors.com/2018/02/11/what-is-the-difference-between-blueberry-and-bilberry/

Bilberries have about 4x more antioxidants than blueberries! Lastly, bilberries contain high amounts of vitamins (such as vitamin A, C, D, and K). Studies found that higher regular consumption of bilberries had a positive impact on vision and the overall health of the eyes. They are truly a superfood of nature.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with blue or purple–colored berries. They are classified in the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium. Commercial "blueberries" – including both wild ('lowbush') and cultivated ('highbush') blueberries – are all native to North America.

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The taste is sweet with slight tart and acidity. The taste is mild when eaten raw and is similar to some fruits like less sweet cherries, apples and grapes. Easiest way is of course to simply pick some up at a store and try them. The bilberry has a more intense flavor and are more tart.

http://www.wildblueberries.com/the-better-blueberry/faq/

Wild Blueberries (vaccinium angustifolium) are distinct from their cultivated cousins in several significant ways. Unlike cultivated (highbush) blueberries, Wild (lowbush) Blueberries are not planted. Taste – Wild Blueberries have a more intense, sweet and tangy taste than cultivated blueberries.