The Bilberry can grows in found in nutrient-poor , very acidic soil in the subartic and temperate areas of the globe. Huckleberries and blueberries grown in North America are their closest relatives. Bilberries do not form in clusters, but rather grow like strawberries forming only one or two berries.
The fruit has a richer taste and is smaller than the blueberry. Bilberries are very dark, almost black with just a hint of a purplish tone. The juice itself is a purple to red color. Often the berries are used to make pies, juice, jams, tarts or eaten freshly picked. In Europe, liquors are made with them as a base, desserts and sorbets are flavored with bilberries and they are a popular filling for crêpes.
In the United States, you may be wondering where to buy Bilberries. Bilberries are hard to move because they are softer than blueberries. Often bilberries are only available fresh in local markets and in gormet food stores. You can usually find them frozen any time of year.
While bilberries are not plentiful enough to have full berry nutrition facts completed, Bilberries are known to be an excellent source of antioxidants, anthocyanins and flavonoids. Research studies report that bilberries consumption might reverse signs of eye disorders such as macular degeneration. They are also used when treating bowel issues.
Pick dry, firm berries. Move them from the carton they came in to a shallow container with a lid. They can decay if they are around extra water, so wait to wash them until you are ready to use them. Keep bilberries in the refrigerator.