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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.

Constituents

Benzoic acid, caffeic acid, epicatechin, Epigallocatechin (EPCG), gallic acid, hydroquinone, isoquercetin, quercetin.

Herbal Miscellany

After the successful use of bilberry jam in World War II, researchers determined that bilberry fruit and bilberry leaf contain biologically active substances called anthocyanosides.

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.