The Bilberry is often referred to as the European Blueberry because of the similarity of shape and colour and being in the same botanical family. Indigo Herbs has added Bilberry to the list of historically important fruits that has had an impact on herbal medicine throughout Europe. Our Quality and Organic Bilberry Powders have been slow dried to retain all available nutrients and micro-nutrients that have made this little blue fruit famous. You can also harness the power of Bilberry with our Bilberry Tincture and a choice of capsules from our guest brand range.
Bilberry has been a well-known fruit throughout Europe especially being used to improve eye sight. Nicholas Culpeper commented that they were very good for cooling the body and binding the belly to stop vomiting. Earlier in the 16th century the leaves were also used as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. The most famous story of Bilberries is of RAF pilots eating copious amounts of Bilberry jam to improve their eyesight to make their bombing more accurate during World War II. This prompted a couple of contemporary scientific studies to see if Bilberry does have a positive effect on eyesight. Why not try this high grade powder to see if it does indeed have this effect.
Unlike the American Blueberry the Bilberry hasn’t had as much cultivation and so can be quite easily distinguished from its American cousin. One of the biggest differences is that Bilberries grow on low bushes and grow solitary fruits instead of in bunches like Blueberry. The Bilberry is usually picked from the wild and has red to purple leaves with a red juice to the fruit. With such wonderful names such as huckleberry, whortleberry, bogberry and hurtleberry, the Bilberry is a true classic of the Northern Hemisphere.