Please check your details, and try again. Others prefer to savour it cold. The pie should be cooked for about 20 minutes in a medium oven (180ºC, Gas Mark 4, 350ºF or the baking oven in an Aga), or until it is a light brown colour. One name used in recent years to describe it is the blueberry, but alas this is incorrect; although it is part of the same Vaccinium genus, and shares a similar colour on the outside, the wimberry is slightly smaller, has a fuller taste than the blueberry with a special edge of bitterness, and has a different internal colour – blueberry fruit pulp is a light green colour, whereas the wimberry is red and purple; hence why the blueberry doesn’t stain and the wimberry does! Roll out two thirds of the pastry and use for the base of the pie in a pie dish sized appropriately for your bounty. Strain the juices; set the strained berries aside. Preheat the oven to 190°C. The name "bilberry" appears to have a Scandinavian origin, possibly from as early as 1577, being similar to the Danish word bølle for whortleberry with the addition of "berry". Elaine Lemm is a renowned British food writer, classically trained chef, teacher, and author with over 25 years of experience writing about British food and cooking. Aside from being incredibly tasty, this wonder berry has been used by soldiers to improve night-vision and is thought to aid gout, skin infections and many other ailments. Medicinal Uses . Serve it warm with thick cream or a good vanilla ice-cream - delicious. Put somewhere safe and shake gently once a week or so. Please check your details, and try again. Options involve buying frozen wimberries (probably sold as ‘bilberries’), or buying from a local Polish store, as the Poles are extremely fond of these berries. However, having trawled through the internet I cannot find a single recipe. She has to plan a menu for a three-course meal and help Mum or Dad to prepare and cook it. Bilberries can be picked from July to September. The combs are beneficial, but it does result in a lot of unwanted twigs and leaves which needs separating out later. De-stalk and wash the berries and place them in the pie dish. Subscribe to our occasional newsletters for the latest articles and updates. The berries, harvested in mid/late summer, aren’t dense croppers, and hence the fruit isn’t cultivated commercially, but fortunately the plant has a creeping rhizome that allows spreading, and it’s not uncommon to stumble across patches of wimberries the size of an acre or so. Now that we live in Wales all year round, we have the opportunity to recreate these childhood memories on a regular basis, and my children, and our friends’ children, delight in wimberry picking expeditions. There are reports of the RAF using Bilberries to help with night vision during bombing raids but this appears to be a story linked to carrots which were said to be used by the RAF in an attempt to conceal the fact Britain had radar. It always involved a decent hike up a mountain in the Brecon Beacons, as the wild berries are only found on hillsides and mountain slopes, amongst heathers and ferns, on acidic, peaty moorland soil, and then a carry home on the shoulders of older cousins or adults in the party. Picking Wimberries Picking Wimberries In The Brecon Beacons For A (Secret) Seasonal Wimberry Pie Recipe. Wimberries, or bilberries, are a close relative of blueberries but with a fuller flavour and deep red flesh. De-stalk and wash the berries and place them in the pie dish. 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