Saturday, 11 May 2019

Bilberries


Photograph Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Bilberries Vaccinium myrtillus (aka European blueberries) grow wild where the soil is acidic in the Swiss Alps. Hikers are not permitted to gather them in designated areas because the local wildlife depends on these berries for food.

Photograph Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.


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6 comments:

chm said...

Wild myrtilles can also be found in the Auvergne region of France. They are much smaller and tastier than their American cultivated counterparts.

Rhodesia said...

Something to look out for. Cheers Diane

Susan said...

Not where you live though, lol -- you are like us, well and truly lowland.

Susan said...

They grow in most upland northern European areas I believe.

Colin and Elizabeth said...

There are many wild ones to be picked around us in the north of England. If you have the patience that is!!

Susan said...

I've never seen them in the wild in England, but I know they occur there. At least they aren't prickly!

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