Blueberries are and their relatives are very popular in the kitchen. This week my problem wasn’t finding enough good recipes for our Noble Interest, it was narrowing it down to a few. I gave up. The first mention of the bilberry in Europe was in the sixteenth century and ofContinue Reading

While the blueberry and the bilberry are used interchangeably in the kitchen, the bilberry has a definite edge in the pharmacy. The most obvious fieldmark (an easily recognizable characteristic identifying a plant or animal positively) between the two is that the flesh of a blueberry is green and the fleshContinue Reading

Blueberries are and their relatives are very popular in the kitchen. This week my problem wasn’t finding enough good recipes for our Noble Interest, it was narrowing it down to a few. I gave up. The first mention of the bilberry in Europe was in the sixteenth century and ofContinue Reading

Vaccinium spp. are shrubs. Depending on the species they can grow anywhere from 1′ to 8′ tall. All of them require full sun and a well-drained soil with a P.H. of 4.5 to 5.5.Here’s some good basic growing information from the Minnesota Extension Office and here’s an article on howContinue Reading

Blueberry Vaccinium spp Blueberry (V. corymbosum or V. ashei) Bilberry (V. myrtillus) Wild Blueberry (V. augustifolia) I have never tasted a bilberry, although I have tried its cousin, V. augustifolium or the low bush blueberry a.k.a. the wild blueberry. I must confess to not liking blueberries. The rest of myContinue Reading

Hello! The weather has finally shifted into early spring patterns with warm days alternating with cold, snowy ones. The first red-winged blackbirds have arrived and the pussywillows are popping their soft,furry little noses out of their blankets. I’ve noticed a great number of tapped sugar maples. Still no woodcocks orContinue Reading