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Bilberries and blueberries - the same but different

Picture yourself strolling through a sunny Blueberry field, the scent of sweet berries filling your nose. You reach down and pluck a handful of juicy, plump berries, savoring their flavor as you pop them into your mouth. But did you know that not all blueberries are the same? In fact, there are different types of blueberries, each with their own unique characteristics and benefits.

Blueberries are part of a larger family of berries and can be found in nature both in Northern Europe and North America. Now Blueberries can be found not only in nature but also cultivated. They come in many different varieties, each with their own distinct flavor profile, from sweet and tangy to slightly tart. But it's not just their taste that sets them apart - Blueberries also have different nutritional profiles and potential health benefits.

In this article, we'll be focusing on two specific types of blueberries: American Blueberries and European Bilberries. Despite their similarities in appearance, these two berries have significant differences in their nutritional content, flavor, culinary uses, and medicinal properties. By the end of this comparison, you'll have a better understanding of what sets these berries apart, and which one might be the best fit for your needs and preferences.

European bilberry

wild, low-growing berry with a rich, intense flavor and deep blue color, prized for its high levels of antioxidants. Bilberries are hand-picked from wild forests in Northern Europe, where they grow ecologically and free of pesticides, far away from polluted areas.

American blueberry

Primarily grow in their natural habitat in North America, but they are commercially managed by growers in fields. Nowadays, American Blueberry is widely cultivated berry that has a mild, sweet flavor.



While both American Blueberries and European Bilberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, European Bilberries contain up to four times more anthocyanins than American Blueberries.

American blueberries have slightly more calories, carbohydrates, and sugars, while European bilberries have higher amounts of fiber, potassium, and magnesium.


Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid pigment that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors, ranging from red to purple to blue. They are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and have been linked to a range of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced inflammation, and better cognitive function.

In blueberries and bilberries, anthocyanins are found primarily in the skin of the fruit. The specific types and concentrations of anthocyanins can vary depending on the species, growing conditions, and other factors.

In general, European Bilberries are known to contain higher levels of anthocyanins than American Blueberries. Some studies have found that European Bilberries can contain up to four times more anthocyanins than American Blueberries, although the exact percentage can vary depending on the variety and growing conditions.

Pharmaceutical usage of bilberries

  1. Eye health. Bilberry extract has been shown to improve vision and eye health. It is believed that the antioxidants in bilberry help to protect the eyes from oxidative stress.

  2. Diabetes. Some studies have suggested that bilberry may be beneficial for people with diabetes by helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

  3. Cognitive function. Bilberry has been suggested to improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain and reducing oxidative stress.

  4. Cardiovascular health. Bilberry has been shown to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow.

  5. Cancer prevention. Some studies have suggested that the antioxidants in bilberry may help to prevent the development of certain types of cancer.

ADEX LT bilberry

ADEX LT specializes in high-quality European Bilberries, and we hope that this comparison has shed some light on the unique benefits that these berries have to offer.

Our bilberries are sustainably wild growing in Northern Europe, away from polluted areas and free of pesticides. They are hand-picked to ensure the highest quality, and are carefully processed to retain their natural nutrients and flavor.

We provide our customers with a premium product that is not only delicious but also packed with health benefits. So whether you're looking for a tasty addition to your diet or a natural way to support your health, we invite you to try our European bilberries and taste the difference for yourself.

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