The plant is a deciduous shrub native to Europe and is closely related to the blueberry.
The dark-purple berries are used to make jams, cakes and pies, especially popular in the North of England.
During World War II, RAF pilots would eat bilberry jam before a mission as they believed it sharpened their eyesight.
Bilberries are a good source of flavonoids and anthocyanin pigments.
These anthocyanins have been found to improve circulation in scientific studies.
Berries are a good source of natural vitamin C.
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