European Blueberries / Bilberries, air dried
Vaccinium myrtillus or European blueberry is a holarctic species of shrub with edible fruit of blue color, known by the common names bilberry, blaeberry, wimberry, and whortleberry. It is more precisely called common bilberry or blue whortleberry, to distinguish it from other Vaccinium relatives. Since many people refer to "blueberries" whether they intend to refer to the bilberry (European blueberry) Vaccinium myrtillus or the American blueberries Vaccinium corymbosum, there is confusion about the two closely similar fruits. European blueberries have dark red, strongly fragrant flesh and red juice, where as American blueberries have white or translucent, mildly fragrant flesh. European blueberries have a much stronger, more tart flavour and a rougher texture than American blueberries
Bilberries are a power fruit that have been used for medicinal purposes since the Middle Ages. They are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, are high in potassium and vitamin C, and also contain valuable minerals like iron and calcium. The taste is slightly sweet, tart, and acidic, with notes of California Sultana raisins.
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- Region: Anatolya, Turkey
- Altitude: 60 - 250 m