Arctic Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)
Lingonberry is popular berry in Nordic countries.
These hand picked wild lingonberries are collected only from Finland. They have been growing under our midnight sun, far away at wild forest.
No added sugar, GMO free, glutein free - just pure freeze dried whole berries.
The arctic lingonberry grows throughout Finland. It is the most common shrub among the types of forest undergrowth found in Finland. Typical habitats include xeric, sub-xeric, and mesic boreal forests. It can also be found in pine or spruce bogs, in herb-rich forests, on rocky outcrops, on tundra heaths, and at the edges of fields.
The arctic lingonberry yields the largest crop of all the wild berries. The harvest is more reliable than that of arctic bilberries, as the arctic lingonberry flowers a few weeks later. The weather is more stable at this time and there is a greater abundance of pollinating insects. The lingonberry is most productive in areas where the tree canopy does not block sunlight from reaching lower levels of growth. The most prolific arctic lingonberry plants will often grow in the clearing that remains after final felling or under seed trees. The best berry-picking spots yield 100–500 kg per hectare. The best time to pick lingonberries is from late August to early October.
Arctic Lingonberries have traditionally been used as a garnish for meat dishes. They can be used as an ingredient in berry soups, porridge, casseroles, baked goods, and juice. The berry is preserved by freezing, crushing, or boiling to make jelly or jam. Arctic lingonberries contain the natural preservative benzoic acid, which allows the berries to keep well either crushed and kept in cold storage or submerged in water. Berries picked after a frost can be used to make juice.