The Wimberry more commonly known as the Bilberry is a small shrub growing on hilly heaths and Moorland. Unlike its close relative the Blueberry, the Wimberry is picked by hand, producing a single and rarely a twin fruit rather than in the clusters that a lot of berries grow in.The fruit is smaller than that of the Blueberry but with a fuller taste, darker in colour, and usually appear near black with a slight shade of purple. While the Blueberry’s fruit pulp is light green, the Wimberry’s is red or purple, heavily staining the fingers and lips of consumers eating the fruit.
The Wimberry is rumoured to have a number of health benefits and has been used since the 16th century to improve vascular disorders, improving circulation to the eyes and lowering blood pressure. The Vitamin A from this incredible fruit has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The Vitamin C helps repair blood vessels and tissue cells and boost the body’s immune system.All these amazing properties all from a juicy little hand picked berry. Cased in our homemade, lightly baked, sugar topped pastry our Wimberry Pie is sure to win the taste test.
Earlier in the year with the last Wimberries of the season John visited Parliament for Derbyshire Day, showcasing the fine foods and businesses from across the county PM David Cameron asks ‘what is a Wimberry?’ As John served up hundreds of treats and tasters for the day, PM David Cameron came along inquisitive about the ‘Wimberry’. John explained that the Wimberry is a local name for a Bilberry. these grow on the moor edges in the Peak District in Derbyshire (perfect for the occasion).
It’s a tasty berry that when placed in a tart with a sweet pastry makes a delicious and mouth watering desert.
David replied ‘well they are delicious!’