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Cowberry, Mountain cranberry, Lingberry, Rock cranberry,Foxberry, Whimberry, Partridge berry)

Ericaceae Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The lingonberry is native throughout northern portions of North America and Europe. It is akin to cranberry, the plants being creeping and low-growing, up to 10 inches. The fruits grow on short uprights and are about one-third inch in diameter. They are acid and bitter raw, but make excellent jellies and preserves. They are not grown under cultivation, but substantial quantities are gathered from the wild and are marketed to some extent. They are an important native food source in areas where other fruits are not available.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch