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Bilberry /Blueberry(vaccinium myrtillis)

In parts of Ireland, the Sunday closest to August 1st is still observed as a bilberry feast. Known variously as fraughan, garland or Laammas Sunday, it sprang from a Celtic quarter day. In some villages, everybody still goes out for the day to gather bilberries, picnic, sing and dance.

The Irish favour raw bilberries crushed with sugar and cream, but they are equally good poached in a light sugar syrup, as an accompaniment for sorbets and suchlike, livening-up an apple crumble; or adding interest to meat and game sauces.

Also known as blaeberries, whimberries, whinberries, whortleberries, fraughans, hurts and hurtleberries in different parts of Britain; and blueberries in the U.S.A. See Whimberry Relish in our Recipe Section.

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