gardening

Bilberry

Usually you have Bilberries or you don’t. This year is a third year in a row when we have good crop. Cannot remember that happening before, two good years but never three.

Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) are also called European blueberries. Bilberry is a wild species, native to forests of Northern Europe and very hard to cultivate.

European blueberries have dark red, strongly fragrant flesh and red juice that turns blue. Compared to American blueberries that have white or translucent, mildly fragrant flesh. The taste is also different, although it has similarities.

Cannot wait to bake a blueberry pie. It is one of my favorite pies.

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3 thoughts on “Bilberry

  1. The Scots call them blaeberry. I thought the crop this year looks a bit sad because of the long drought. The ones in the nearby woods don’t look as great and the raspberries dried on the vine before they were ripe. I don’t know if the current weather improves the situation or if it’s already too late for the local blueberries/bilberries.

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