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Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

A small berry, also known by the names bilberry, huckleberry and whortleberry. The plant is a low-growing moorland species, and hard to cultivate in domestic circumstances. But soil can be treated by mixing peat into them until a figure of 4.0-5.5 pH is reached - but very wet conditions are also needed. Supermarkets generally stock an American species. The berries are excellent as an addition to fruit salads, or as an accompaniment to vanilla ice cream. They can also be stewed in a little water, with sugar, and bottled. Or added to an American Muffin mixture - before being baked.

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