Vaccinium vitis-idaea L., Vacciniaceae
Wild lingonberries, also known as lowbush cranberries, have a flavor that is similar or even superior to commercial cranberries. The red berries are tart and contain high concentrations of pectin. From jams, jellies, sauces, juices, syrup, and mixed in pemmican, lingonberries are a versatile and delightful wild edible. They accompany many wild game and meat dishes, especially in the Scandinavian and Russian cuisine. Have you ever tried lingonberry water? It's a healthy soft-drink simply made from fresh berries placed in bottles of water. This is a great way of preserving lingonberries throughout the winter. The preservation power of wild lingonberries lies in their exceptionally high levels of natural benzoic acid, ensuring a very long shelf life.
Wild lingonberries are rich in fibre, Vitamin A, B, and C, antioxidants, and minerals. Lingonberries contain phytochemicals that are useful in treating urinary tract infections.
We hand-pick our wild-harvested lingonberries from late-August through October in northern Saskatchewan.