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Bilberries

  • Vaccinium myrtillus
  • Origin: Albania
Bilberries

SKU
bil_1oz

Common Name

Standardized: bilberry
Other: European blueberry, huckleberry, whortleberry

Botanical Name

Vaccinium myrtillus L.
Plant Family: Ericaceae

Overview

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 medicinal use. The English used it as a dye for wool due to its wonderful dark blue/purple coloring.

Bilberries contain naturally occurring antioxidants including polyphenols and anthocyanosides.*

Uses And Preparations

Dried fruit, jam, as a tea, encapsulated, liqueurs, wines, and desserts.

Precautions

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.