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bilberry

1. any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berries
2. 
a. the fruit of any of these plants
b. (as modifier): #5bilberry pie
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bilberry

Similar to blueberries. Ripe blueberries are white or light green inside, while bilberries and huckleberries are red or purple throughout. Bilberries are most often found singularly or in pairs, while blueberries are most often found in clusters. High in vitamin C and bioflavonoidswhich helps keep connective tissues healthy and strengthens small blood vessels and capillaries, factors that keep skin youthful. Lowers blood pressure. GREAT FOR EYES- increases rhodopsin which helps night blindness. It protects against macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Also has a strong effect on lowering blood sugar. Very astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Dried berry and leaf tea used for diarrhea, diabetes, dysentery, diuretic, scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), mouth inflammations, stop bleeding, arthritis, hardening of arteries, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, rebuilding connective tissue (skin, wrinkles).

bilberry

symbol for falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
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The 10% of the plots with the highest number of berries by species contained 86% of the bilberries in 2000, and 80% in 2001.
The beneficial health effects of bilberries are thought to be explained by a component called polyphenols, especially anthocyanins, the levels of which are significantly higher in bilberries than in commercially cultivated blueberries.
But an afternoon out in late July or August, scouring the moors for bilberries offered a dilemma.
Dried bilberries and powdered fruits are now sold in health food shops as it has been shown that bilberries are high in flavonoids, which help prevent heart disease, strokes, cancer, cataracts and break down bad cholesterol.
Grieve's 1931 "Modern Herbal," she reported that syrup made from bilberries is "especially valuable in diarrhea and dysentery" and further noted "a decoction of the leaves or bark of the root may be used as a local application to ulcers," and observed that a related fruit, the farkleberry, was useful for "chronic ophthalmia.
Now, collecting bilberries requires discipline and patience.
Thomas Payne, market development, North American Blueberry Council, San Francisco, CA, discussed the history behind blueberries and bilberries in relation to eye health.
Bilberries or blueberries are the flowering plants of Ericaceae Vaccinium.
THESE delicious deep blue berries which can be added to summer pudding and other red fruit desserts are related to the wild, moorland bilberries, but form bushes rather than low, straggly plants.
The attack at Bilberries nightclub in the town centre in November last year left 21-year-old Thomas Wragg badly cut, with teeth broken and a fractured facial bone.
In rats, anthocyanins from bilberries and chokeberries reduced the signs of colon tumors by 70% and 60%, respectively.
Over four months the cows ate choice vegetation such as grasses, the tips of bilberries and birch seedlings and branches.