Other: European blueberry, huckleberry, whortleberry
Vaccinium myrtillus L.
Plant Family: Ericaceae
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.
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.