lingonberry / cowberry

02 oktober, 2015 14:37Posted by Admin

lingonberry / cowberry


Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-ideaea)
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Vaccinium
Species: vitis-ideaea





Lingonberry is also known as cowberry The name lingonberry originates from its Swedish name lingon. Lingonberry is a low, evergreen shrub that bears red fruit (berry). Lingonberry is native in arctic the Northern Hemisphere from the North Europe, Siberia, North America.
The berries contain plentiful organic acids, vitamin C, provitamin A (as beta carotene), B vitamins (B1, B2, B3), and the elements potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Lingonberry seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and unsaturated fats.
In addition to benzoic acid lingonberry contains 30 other phenol compounds including flavones, anthocyanins and polyphenlolics. Thanks to its own preservative (benzoic acid) lingonberries could be kept for months at room temperature simply by placing them in jars of water or by stirring the raw berries with a small amount of sugar (an easy lingonberry jam - no cooking required).

Human food

The lingonberries collected in the wild are a popular wild fruit in northern, central and eastern Europe. The berries are often cooked and sweetened before eating in the form of lingonberry jam, compote, juice, smoothie or syrup. Lingonberry jam is a staple food in Scandinavian cuisine. A very popular, traditional Swedish meal is meatballs with mashed potato and lingonberry jam. Lingonberry jam can be found in all IKEA superstores worldwide.

Medical uses

In addition to the nutrients, lingonberries also contain phytochemicals that are thought to counteract urinary-tract infections. Lingonberry leafs are used in traditional medicine as diuretic.

Cosmetic and Beauty Products Industry

Lingonberry extract is used as source of antioxidants for cosmetic and beauty products. It is also a potential natural preservative (contains benzoic acid) .

Industrial use

Lingonberry is economic important as raw material for food industry (beverage base, fruit liquors, jams, etc). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has recognized lingonberry as important crop under ecocrop code 10719.


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