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Mountain Bilberry

Mountain Bilberry

Other Names

Big Huckleberry
Black Mountain Huckleberry
Mountain Huckleberry
Square Twig Blueberry
Tall Huckleberry
Thinleaf Huckleberry
Twin Leaved Huckleberry

Mountain Bilberry Plants

The mountain bilberry plant is an erect, deciduous shrub approximately 3 feet tall with 1 inch leaves. Mountain bilberry plants bloom creamy-pink, bell-shaped flowers on the underside of twigs. The berries are deep purple, or black in color and are usually around the size of large blueberries.

Grow Mountain Bilberries

Mountain bilberry plants can grow in soil ranging from moist to dry conditions. When planting mountain bilberries, the soil should be kept fairly moist. Very acidic, sandy, or gravelly soils are best for growing mountain bilberry plants.

Mountain Bilberry Uses

Mountain Bilberries can be eaten fresh, baked in pancakes, pies, and muffins. They can also be canned, frozen, and made into jams and jellies. The Nez Perce used Mountain Bilberries for a lavender and purple natural dye. Mountain Bilberries are an important food source for many animals, including different types of birds, foxes, deer, and bears.

Mountain Bilberry Facts

Mountain Bilberry, Vaccinium membranaceum, is one of several Bilberry species. Also known as Big Huckleberry, Black Mountain Huckleberry, Mountain Huckleberry, Square Twig Blueberry, Tall Huckleberry, Thinleaf Huckleberry, and Twin Leaved Huckleberry. Other species of Bilberry include Vaccinium uliginosum, or Bog Bilberry, Vaccinium deliciosum, or Cascade Bilberry, Vaccinium caespitosum, or Dwarf Bilberry, Vaccinium membranaceum, and Vaccinium ovalifolium, or Oval Leaved Bilberry.

Mountain Bilberry Farms

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

Mountain 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

Other Species

Bog Bilberry
Cascade Bilberry
Dwarf Bilberry
Oval Leaved Bilberry

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