Latin Name: Vaccinium myrtillus
Plant Family: Ericaceae
Other Names: Bilberry, Blaeberry, Black Whortles. Whinberry, Trackleberry. Huckleberry, Hurtleberry & Whortleberry.
Description: Bilberry is a native of Europe, northern Asia and North America; it is a perennial deciduous shrub growing up to 30 cm. The leaves are oval and finely toothed with a leathery look, starting out with a pinkish tinge then turning yellowy-green finally turning red in the autumn. The flowers are waxy white to pale pink and bell-shaped and hang beneath the new leaves. The blue-black berries are round, with a flat top.
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SUGGESTED USEThe fruits can be turned into jams and jellies and make an excellent substitute for currants when baking. A blue/ black dye can be obtained from the fruit which can then be used to dye wool and cloth, it was used to dye uniforms during WWI, it can also be used as a colouring for ink.
Shelf LifeShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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