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Scientific Name: Ericaceae Vaccinium corymbosum
Alternative Names: Bosbessies (Afr.)

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Ericaceae Vaccinium corymbosum
Ericaceae Vaccinium corymbosum
Ericaceae Vaccinium corymbosum


  • Perennial
  • Sharpblue is the leading and most adaptable variety in low chill areas throughout the world.
  • Great for milder zones, it requires only 200 chill hours.
  • Sharpblue will bloom and fruit almost year round, with foliage remaining nearly evergreen.
  • Sharpblue is recommended in areas with mild winters where frosts are uncommon.
  • Upright, spreading bush reaching 5'-6' tall with green foliage in fall. Medium, robust flavored berries.

Culinary Uses

  • One of the best flavoured varieties with excellent cold storage ability.
  • Fruit eaten raw or cooked.
  • Pies, pastries, cereals and jellies.

Parts Used

  • Fruit.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • High content of anthocyanosides that has potent antioxidant effects.
  • Improves blood flow to skin, eyes and nervous system and thus preventing microcirculatory deterioration.
  • Useful in delaying memory impairment and cognitive decline associated with aging.
  • Astringent, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anti-diarrheal, anti-edemic, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-ulcer, laxative, anti-hepatotoxic.
  • Contains Arbutin, which acts as a urinary antiseptic.
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