Latin Name : Vaccinium Myrtillus
Bilberry is found throughout Europe, Northern Asia and Western North America. It is a member of the Heather Family (Ericaceae).
Bilberries Berries are often eaten fresh or made into jam, juices, or pies. They are very dark blue, almost black with a white ‘bloom’ that can make them appear lighter.
The fresh and dried bilberry fruit, as well as the dried leaf, have been also used in medicine for centuries. In fact, studies suggest that the antioxidant content of bilberry may help to prevent a number of diseases.
From the berries of bilberry, in dried form, a decoction or tea is prepared for the treatment of diarrhea and the prevention of vomiting, thanks to its astringent effect, while its antiseptic-diuretic action is often indicated for infections of the urinary and digestive systems. In addition, their content of vitamin K, a vitamin that helps prevent the formation of blood clots, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.