A relative of the North American blueberry, bilberry has been used for centuries, not only for health benefits but in foods such as jams and pies. Billberries grow on a small shrub, roughly 1 to 2 feet tall. Bilberry is native to northern Europe, but can now be found in the United States and Canada as well. Bilberries are believed to be extremely nutritious and high in many important vitamins and minerals and have been routinely consumed over the last several hundred years. Despite historical and modern consumption, bilberry is not commonly cultivated, making it somewhat difficult to find.
Research on the health benefits of bilberry is limited, however, published studies show promising results.
Bilberry is also known as; Airelle, Arándano, Bilberry Fruit, Bilberry Leaf, Black Whortles, Bleaberry, Blueberry, Brimbelle, Burren Myrtle, Dwarf Bilberry, Dyeberry, European Bilberry, Feuille de Myrtille, Fruit de Myrtille, Gueule Noire, Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Mauret, Myrtille, Myrtille Européenne, Myrtilli Fructus, Raisin des Bois, Swedish Bilberry, Trackleberry, Vaccinium myrtillus, Whortleberry, Wineberry.