Whimberry (Bilberry) Sorbet I

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Appears in

Leaves from The Walnut Tree: Cooking of a Lifetime

Leaves from The Walnut Tree

By Ann Taruschio and Franco Taruschio

Published 1993

  • About

In Wales, bilberries are known as whimberries. They grow in profusion on the Black Mountains and other surrounding mountains around Abergavenny. They are a wonderfully flavoured tiny purple fruit, with a grey bloom, which grow on low dense bushes. Back-breaking to pick but worth every effort.


  • 115 g/4 oz sugar
  • 150 ml/ΒΌ pt water
  • 450 g/1 lb bilberries (whimberries)
  • juice of Β½ lemon
  • double cream or vodka, and fresh whimberries, for serving


    Make a syrup by boiling the sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Allow to cool.

    Sieve the raw berries and add the cooled syrup and lemon juice. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream machine and churn for 5 minutes. Serve with fresh double cream or pour a little vodka over the sorbet and decorate with fresh bilberries (whimberries) and sugared mint leaves.