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Bilberry, Vaccinium Myrtillus

Family of ericaceae

Very common in the meadows of Apennines, this plant consists of a small shrub with green small leaves. Its small blue berries ripe during the month of August. This fruits is really good if eaten fresh with sugar and lemon or with cream without sugar.

A delicious jam can be obtained with its fruits. the fresh fruits have tonic and astringent properties, which are also maintained in the syrup. Its leaves can be used to prepare a decoction useful for gargles in order to cure the sore throat.

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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