Bilberry

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Bilberry
Bilberry in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Vaccinium
Species: V. myrtillus
Binomial name
Vaccinium myrtillus
L.

The bilberry is a type of shrub that grows close to the ground. It is a member of the genus Vaccinium. The bilberry is known by many names. It is also called blaeberry, whortleberry, whinberry, myrtle blueberry, fraughan, and probably other names in different regions of the world. In Thomas Hardy's 1878 book, The Return of the Native, they were called black-hearts in 19th century southern England. They are related to the North American blueberries and huckleberries.

Bilberry contains nutrients for good vision. They are called antioxidants.

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