Wild bilberries and cultivated blueberries
are two different plants


Cross-section of
an Arctic bilberry
Cross-section of
a cultivated blueberry


The bilberry which grows wild in the northern forests is smaller in size than the cultivated blueberry. The wild bilberry grows as individual berries along the stems of a 10–40 cm tall shrub. The skin of the bilberry is dark blue, waxy, soft, and it breaks fairly easily. The berry is juicy, and either dark blue or purple on the inside due to its high anthocyanin content.