The Vaccinium vitis-idaea or more commonly called, the lingonberry. It is a hugely popular berry in Finland, Scandinavia and Russia. This berry is known by many different English names around the world, such as foxberry, mountain cranberry, cougarberry and even beaverberry and no wonder why, it’s such an amazing super berry with a long list of health benefits. And of course, unique taste!
Where and how it grows
The lingonberry is a short evergreen shrub that bears edible fruit, is native to boreal forests and Arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Lingonberries are picked in the wild and used to accompany a variety of dishes in the Scandinavian cuisine.
Medicinal uses now and then
In traditional medicine, the lingonberry has been used as an antiseptic, a diuretic and as a tonic for the nervous system. It has also been used to treat gastrointestinal symptoms, kidneys and urinary tract infections.
What's in them
The berries are rich in vitamin C, beta carotene (precursor of vitamin A), vitamin E, few B vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Adults need 40mg of vitamin C a day. 100g of lingonberries contains over 10mg, this makes them a great source.
Lingonberries also pack a punch of the hugely important folic acid. Folic acid has a few significant functions in the body, for example, working together with vitamin B12 to form healthy red blood cells and helps reduce the risk of central nervous system defects in unborn babies.
These super berries also contain a good dose of vitamin E, which has several important functions; among them is its role as an antioxidant, which protects cell membranes from free radical damage and oxidative stress. This assists to maintain healthy skin, eyes and strengthens the immune system. 100g of lingonberries pack in a whopping 1,5mg. For women, that’s half of the recommended daily intake. (Recommended daily intake of vitamin E is 3mg for women and 4mg for men.)
They’re also a source of vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting, which means it helps wounds heal properly. Vitamin K also has a role in keeping the bones healthy.
Lingonberries are very fibre rich and therefore aids digestion, may reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood and help you feel full for longer.
How to use them
Lingonberries are most often cooked and sweetened due to their tart taste. They’re often made into jam, compote, juice or smoothies. Frequently they’re simply mashed with sugar, which preserves most of their nutrients and the taste.
They’re traditionally used in sweet and savoury cooking. A very traditional Finnish dish, sautéed reindeer, doesn’t exist without the lingonberries on the side. In Finland a porridge made from the berries is also a very popular dish.
Enjoying your lingonberries in powder form saves you the stress of cooking them, using sugar or ensuring the preservation. Since the powders are 100% pure, with no added flavourings or colourings, they’re an easy way to sprinkle some vitamins, colour and taste onto your dishes.
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