Pickled Bilberries

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Yields about

    3 lb


Appears in


  • 3 lb. bilberries
  • 1 pint vinegar
  • 4 oz. soft brown sugar
  • ΒΌ oz. allspice
  • ΒΌ oz. peppercorns
  • 3–4 cloves
  • blade mace
  • 1 inch stick cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons grated horseradish


Discard any blemished berries and pack the sound ones into a large pickle jar. Put all the remaining ingredients into a saucepan, bring slowly to the boil and simmer gently for 10–15 minutes. Strain over the bilberries. Cover the jar with a plate, putting a weight on top to keep the fruit down if necessary. After 3 days pour off the liquid and reboil it. Pour it on to the berries while hot. Seal the jar when the contents are cold.