Bilberries

By: Mireya Padilla

Classification of Bilberries

- Bilberries belong to Ericaceae, also known as the heath family.

- Other fruits who also from the heath family are blueberries and cranberries.

Consumer information

- When purchasing bilberries, look for firm, plump, rich-colored bilberries.

- Bilberries should be dry, covered, and in the refrigerator, so they can last up to 10 days. If frozen, put in an airtight container and place in freezer.

- Bilberry extract, Condensed bilberry powder, and bilberry leaf are available in the supermarket.

- Serving size for bilberries are determined by age. For children between 1 and 3 years of age, it is 1/4 cup, while 1/3 cup of bilberries is considered a serving size for 4-to-5-year-old children. The serving size of bilberries is the same for children between 6 and 12. Adolescents and healthy adults over 18, its 1/2 cup, or 74 grams, of the berries.

Nutritional Information

-Nutrients found in bilberries are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Sodium, and Potassium.

- These nutrients are important to the body because the body needs to function properly.

Preperation Tips

- Some tips for preparing bilberries are to wash and drain well before eating.

- Freeze bilberries up to a year.

Bilberry Pie

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