Definition: Bilberry - Vaccinium myrtillus - is a round flat-topped berry that grows in the wild, and is seldom cultivated. The berries grow profusely mainly on high ground in the north and west of the British Isles.
When eaten raw the bilberry is rather acidic but once cooked with sugar make a delicious jam, pie filling or compote.
Despite confusion it should be noted that Bilberries are not Blueberries.
Also Known As: Vaccinium myrtillus, European blueberry, blaeberry, whortleberry, bulberry, whinberry, winberry, trackleberry, huckleberry, fraughan in Ireland