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jmf

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Blueberries
« on: August 17, 2019, 09:28:53 AM »
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Re: Blueberries
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2019, 11:39:54 PM »

We get Blueberries only in Supermarkets in the Uk, I don't think they are indigenous to Britain.  I always find them a bit tasteless and astringent.
Now a native berry species we have here is Bilberries.  These little black devils are smaller than blueberries but they are packed with a wonderful flavour and gentle tartness.  My mother used to get them from a guy that sold fruit and veg door to door.  About once a year we would have Bilberry pie which was to die for.  I used to love it.  I haven't seen a bilberry since then for 40 to 50 years.  They are not susceptible to commercial farming so have to be gathered from the wild and whilst they are not rare or endangered, they only grow in northern counties in the UK and are pretty common in the cooler climates of Eastern and Northern Europe.  You don't find them imported bottled or frozen even in specialist shops.  I note that there are zillions of bilberry extracts and nostrum dietary supplements on Amazon and even freeze dried bilberries.  What good are they?  They will turn to powder as soon as you handle them.


I also note that bilberries are also named wild blueberries.  I wonder if that's what you were collecting, JMF?
John

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Re: Blueberries
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2019, 05:28:35 PM »
I have frozen sweet wonderful healthy blue berries most mornings in my smoothies. Great anti-oxidant. They come from New England. Gotta get organic, though. They get sprayed heavily. I like the wild kind...

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Re: Blueberries
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2019, 10:03:48 PM »

I also note that bilberries are also named wild blueberries.  I wonder if that's what you were collecting, JMF?
John

In my dictionary the two words: blueberries and billberries are translated by "myrtilles"
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Re: Blueberries
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2019, 10:35:56 PM »

So they may be one and the same.  Yummm!
John

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Re: Blueberries
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2019, 02:25:23 PM »
American blueberries - Vaccinium cyanoccocus - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry?wprov=sfti1

European bilberries/bleaberries/blueberries  Vaccinium myrtillis et al  -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilberry?wprov=sfti1
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Re: Blueberries
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2019, 09:26:59 PM »

Thanks for that Martin!
I understand better now.  So the yummy berries of my youth were indeed the same as JMF was collecting.
John