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JustIngredients Essential Bilberry Leaves Powder 250 g
JustIngredients Essential Bilberry Leaves Powder 250 g
each:£3.99 (£6.50)

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Best Before:30 Apr 2017


Product: Bilberry Leaves Powder Latin Name: Vaccinium myrtillus syn. Vaccinium myrtillus oreophilum, Vaccinium oreophilum. Plant Family: Ericaceae Other Names: Bilberry, European Blueberry, Blaeberry, Blackhearts, Black Whortles. Whinberry, Trackleberry. Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Airelle, Arándano, Bleaberry, Brimbelle, Dyeberry, European Bilberry, Fruit de Myrtille, Gueule Noire, Myrtille Européenne, Swedish Bilberry, Wineberry & Whortleberry. Description: Bilberry is a native of Europe, northern Asia and North America; it is a perennial deciduous shrub growing up to 30 cm. The leaves are oval and finely toothed with a leathery look, starting out with a pinkish tinge then turning yellowy-green finally turning red in the autumn. The flowers are waxy white to pale pink and bell-shaped and hang beneath the new leaves. The blue-black berries are round, with a flat top. Brief History: Gerard in his 16th century herbal says little of the bilberry; his reference is to the whortleberry which he splits into black and red kinds. Of the black then under the Latin name of Vaccinia nigra he says that they were eaten ‘in creame and milke’ in his native Cheshire, and how the red whortle then known as Vacinnia rubra had a pleasant taste and made ‘the fairest carnation colour in the world’, describing their use as a colouring or dye and no medicinal uses cited for the berries or the leaves. Culpeper in the 17th century made reference to the fruit of the bilberry but not the leaves, the fruit he declared ‘are good in hot agues and to cool the liver and the stomach; they do somewhat bind the belly, and stay vomitings and loathings’.


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