Information about Lingonberries
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genus Vaccinium vitis-idaea, belong to the Ericaceae family along with other
fruit such as blueberries, cranberries and bilberries. Also known as cowberries,
they are a popular fruit in northern and eastern Europe, including Finland,
Norway, Denmark, Sweden and parts of Russia.
Much like wild cranberries, even when ripe they are slightly tart and are used
in savoury and sweet dishes such as to make pies, jams, soups and desserts. In
Finland they are often used as an accompaniment to meat and game dishes such as
sautéed reindeer (poronkäristys). They are almost always cooked and sweetened
before eating although raw fruits can also be mashed with sugar, which preserves
both nutrients and flavour and enables them to be stored at room temperature.
You can find recipes using lingonberries on the
main Finland Cooking by County page.