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Are these Bilberries?


By Pita

Are these Bilberries?

Found these in the hedgerows, are they bilberries, edible or not? Thank you x

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Pita, they look like Mahonia to me. Now, if I remember rightly from my youth, Bilberrires grow low down, on the moors. We used to go picking them in Yorkshire when I was a child. Their bushes are Cranberry in size.

13 Jul, 2014


Definitely not Bilberries , Karen says,they grow low down ,on our moors..and a devil to pick,but gorgeous..much nicer than the American type Blueberries..which to me,are tasteless in comparison..I don't think those you saw,would be suitable for a pie ! :o) x

13 Jul, 2014


I agree with Karen. Looks very much like Mahonia.

14 Jul, 2014


Thank you all, I getting the feeling these might be poisonous! As you can probably tell, I'm new to foraging! Hee hee xxx

15 Jul, 2014


Yes, be careful!! ;)

15 Jul, 2014


I certainly will be, I think I'll stick to dandelions, I made dandelion jam, it tastes like honey!

15 Jul, 2014


Mahonia aquifolium is a native plant on Vancouver Island and it's berries are edible(not poisonous) but very tart.
You would need lots and lots of sugar to make jam.

16 Jul, 2014


Interesting Klahanie, I didn't know they were edible. I think I will stick to the sweeter fruits though, anyway.

19 Aug, 2014

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