Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

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The Bilberry (also known as Whortleberry or Crowberry) is found primarily on heathland and conifer plantations and grows to a height of 18 inches to 2 feet. Its berries are blue-black in colour, often with a slight bloom. The flowers are inconspicuous and are followed in late June by the delicious black berries. These can be somewhat tart if eaten raw, but can be cooked in the same way as blackberries, with a little custard or ice cream to sweeten the taste.