Also known as whimberry, blue whortleberry, hurtleberry or European blueberry. Not to be confused with the belladonna, which resembles it.
Bilberries are found in Eurasia and North America. They grow in coniferous forests, light woods, moors and bogs, and are one of the few plants that thrive in aluminium-rich soil. It forms shrubs of 20 to 60 cm and its fruits, traditionally used to dye clothes or wine, are harvested between July and August. Today, one third of world production comes from the United States, followed by Canada and France.
Bilberry is rich in antioxidants, as well as in fibre, which is beneficial for transit and satiating effect. It provides vitamins C and K and manganese, and to a lesser extent vitamins B and E, potassium, magnesium, copper and iron.
Eat one or two handfuls of fresh fruit a day.
Contraindicated for people taking hypoglycemic or lipid-lowering drugs and lactating women. Bilberries can affect blood sugar levels. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.