Frontier Bilberry, in either berry or leaf form, is commonly known as huckleberry in the United States and is a European variety of blueberry. These fruits have a wide variety of uses and have a mildly acidic flavor. They may be eaten as dessert, steeped in tea or used as a garnish for tarts. Bilberries, or Vaccinium myrtillus, have rich blue-red pigments responsible for their unmistakable color.
- Bilberriesare found growning in temperate and sub-arctic regions of the world.
- Like blueberries, it thrives in damp, acidic conditions. The plant takes time to become well established, but is very cold-hardy.
- In colonial times, it was used as a dye for wool.
- Other common names include bleaberry, whortleberry, shinberry and whinberry.
DirectionsTo prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1/2 tsp. of herb. Cover and steep 3-5 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Botanical nameVaccinium myrtillus L.