"Bilberry:" probably of Scandinavian origin. The Latin "myrtus" was the symbol of love.
Bilberries are small berries about the size of a pea, black and covered with a thin layer of bluish bloom.
In the language of flowers, myrtle is a sign that one is seeking solitude. In Europe, depending on the temperature and the number of warm sunny days, the gathering of bilberries takes place about mid-July and continues until the end of August. European pickers use a short-handled comb with long, curbed metallic teeth, which allows the picker to gather the fruit more quickly.
Blueberry Sorbet with Lemon and Tarragon Jus
Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Café, B.C. Canada, former chef of Lumière, Vancouver
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