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Other Names

Black Hearts
Myrtle Blueberry

Bilberry Plants

Bilberries originally came from Northern Europe, and thrive well in that climate. Bilberry is closely related to the Blueberry, Huckleberry, and Cranberry.

Grow Bilberries

Bilberries grow best when planted in an acidic soil enviroment. Bilberries do best in full sun, and tolerate slight shade. Bilberries usually grow to be about 16 inches tall.

Bilberry Uses

Bilberries are used to make pies and jams. They are also used to make medicines, treat diarrhea, and to improve eyesight. Also, bilberry leaves have been used to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Bilberry Facts

Bilberry is any of several species in the genus Vaccinium, especially Vaccinium myrtillus. Vaccinium myrtillus is known by many other common names including Black Hearts, Blaeberry, Fraughan, Myrtle Blueberry, Whinberry, Whortleberry, Wimberry, Winberry, and Windberry. Other species of Bilberry include Vaccinium uliginosum, or Bog Bilberry, Vaccinium caespitosum, or Dwarf Bilberry, Vaccinium deliciosum, or Cascade Bilberry, Vaccinium membranaceum, or Mountain Bilberry, and Vaccinium ovalifolium, or Oval Leaved Bilberry. Sometimes Vaccinium myrtillus is also called Black Huckleberry, but this is not to be confused with Gaylussacia baccata, more generally known as Black Huckleberry.

Bilberry Farms

It may be possible to find any bilberry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Bilberry Stories

Red berries protect the arteries
Researchers at Indiana University have been looking at the effects of extracts from three berries – elderberry, chokeberry and bilberry – on the arteries of pigs, thought to be a good model for human arteries. They've found that chokeberry and bilberry ... Telemanagement [ story ]

Bilberries: good for your eyes and much more
Bilberries look a lot like blueberries, but they are deeper purple. In addition to blueberries, they are related to cranberries and huckleberries. Bilberries have a tart, edible fruit that is popular in pies and jams. The shrubbery-type plant, which ... Chiropractic Economics [ story ]

Herbal dietary supplement retail sales up 5.5 percent in 2012
These include bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), black cohosh (Actaea racemosa syn. Cimicifuga racemosa), ginkgo leaf extract, Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) root, and saw palmetto berry products. In addition to the mainstream market and natural channels, ... Denver iJournal [ story ]

Photo - Lapland Food - Lohtaja, Finland

Selected Species

Bog Bilberry
Cascade Bilberry
Dwarf Bilberry
Mountain Bilberry
Oval Leaved Bilberry

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