Ever heard of bilberries?

As if my weekend couldn’t get any better, we took a trip to Brimham Rocks today. I’d always imagined them to be like many other rocks, in that they would be just one lump of rock on the edge of a hillside. 

Oh no! The site was amazing.

As if the day couldn’t get any better, the friend we were with pointed out a berry which was everywhere on the low ground. They look and taste like blueberries but are in fact a native British equivalent: bilberries. 

A quick internet search suggests they are an even greater ‘superfood’ than blueberries, although my interest in them was more simply the fact that they were free food. And fortunately I happened to have a tub big enough for a pound or so of them.

So, that means a couple of jars of bilberry jam to add to my preserve collection. What a happy bunny I am!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Ever heard of bilberries?

  1. Hmm, might look at getting a bush or two! Thanks Helen, enjoy that jam!

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Kathy! I have no idea if you can buy bilberry bushes, though I imagine there will be a specialist outlet somewhere. They like acid soil, I understand, and going on the terrain yesterday, thin and rocky soil. So you wouldn’t need a hugel bed for them!

  2. Score! I’m smiling at the thought of you gathering the fruit and making jam. I’m happy to hear you’ve had such a nice weekend.

  3. I know about bilberries but have never tried one. Lucky you finding enough to pick. They sound delicious. The fact they might do you good is a bonus. Enjoy.

  4. Awesome thank you for sharing have a blessed day Helen

  5. Brilliant .. A wonderful view and berries! 😃

  6. good foraging! Will be interested to see how the jam turns out 🙂

    • Helen says:

      I put too much pectin in, when actually I think lemon juice would have been enough, but it tastes great.

      I’m thinking of getting National Trust membership (again), so we’ll definitely go there in the future. Brimham Rocks is free to enter but without membership you have to pay for parking.

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