PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: lingonberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Vaccinium vitis-idaea / Ericaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  cowberry

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

citric acid

RAW/DRY/COOK

Aug-Oct

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT: Fruit - pleasant to eat. An acid flavour, they are used like cranberries in preserves and are considered by many people to be superior to cranberries. The taste is better after a frost. Occasionally the plants bear 2 crops in a year. A tea is made from the leaves. This should not be drunk on a regular basis because it contains the toxin 'arbutin'.(1)

 

CAUTION:  Tea should not be drunk on a regular basis because it contains the toxin 'arbutin'.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Antirheumatic;  Antiseptic;  Astringent;  Diuretic;  Refrigerant;  VD.(1)
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-958/cranberry
https://draxe.com/cranberries

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Dye. A yellow dye is obtained from the leaves and stems. A purple dye is obtained from the fruit.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Vaccinium+vitis-idaea
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=lingonberry
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_vitis-idaea