Bilberry Fruit Whole

Bilberry Fruit Whole

[ 1817 ]
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per 1/4 Pound
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Bilberry fruit is used in tea blends and to make wines and fruit drinks. Like its American cousins — huckleberry, cranberry and blueberrybilberry fruit can be made into jam or baked in breads, cakes, cobblers and pies.

kosher certificate information
Vaccinium myrtillus

Bilberry Fruit Whole

Bilberry fruit, whole

quick look

information at a glance
approximate cups to one pound4.5
active compoundsAnthocyanosides, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Pro-Vitamin A, Tannin, Acids.
plant part usedfruit
why buy whole bilberry fruit?Lends flavor and color to foods.

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in a sealed container away from direct light, heat and moisture.
appearance & aromaDark blue in color with a distinct aroma when reconstituted.


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culinaryAdd the dried fruit to potpourri mixes for display.
householdBilberry fruit yields a deep blue-purple natural dye.
safetyMay increase the effects of diabetes and blood-thinning medications.

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flavor profile

whole bilberry fruit

Sweet but tart.

culinary companions

Pairs with strawberry, black currant, blueberry, chamomile, green tea and black tea.


whole bilberry fruit recipes to try

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what else you should know

whole bilberry fruit

Whether fresh or dried, it can be difficult to tell bilberry from blueberry because they are so similar in appearance. Closer examination will reveal that the former has magenta-colored flesh and a strong fragrance compared to the translucence and mild aroma of the latter. It's fairly easy to tell them apart while still on the bush, however, because bilberry fruit emerge singularly, while blueberry fruit appear in clusters.

Bilberry fruit is abundant in anthocyanosides, a class of plant pigments with potent antioxidant properties. These pigments also appear to enhance the function of retinal photoreceptor cells. In fact, World War II British fighter pilots noticed that eating bilberry jam seemed to improve their night vision.

Other compounds in the berries inhibit the activity of histamine, which is why it is reputed to speed the healing of wounds and gastrointestinal ulcers.

Background: Used as food source for the fruit since the prehistoric era. 

Description: Bilberry is native to Europe and North America, it is a shrub that grows up to 16 inches and had oval leaves with small pink or white flowers and berries that turn purplish-black. It grows best in moist soil and when ready, the fruit and leaves are harvested in the summer months.

Safety: Bilberry leaves are not to be used for lengths longer than 3 weeks at a time, as it can cause symptoms of poisoning.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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