Lingonberries, sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Berries”, originated in the northern latitudes in the old world and has been harvested in the wild by its inhabitants. It has become immensely popular in Scandinavia as they are more flavorsome than cranberry. Today, here in America, The states of Oregon and Washington are the two leading producers of lingonberry in the world.
This type of berry is self-pollinating but have had good result when cross pollinated, producing an early ripening and larger fruits. Lingonberry or Vaccinium vitis- idaea, is a low evergreen shrub that can bear fruit right away, but it is on the third year that they are most productive. They normally fruit twice a year and with some varieties yielding three times. It is the second blooming of the crops that are bountiful. They can be grown in containers. They are much smaller but juicier than cranberry and although quite tart in taste, they can be eaten fresh. They contain enough sugar that they can be preserved from their own juice, and can be made into jam buy just adding some sugar and a good stirring – with no cooking needed!
And about the health benefits this superfruit can provide, it seems endless… It has higher concentration of plant based polyphenol which acts as antioxidants to protect the body from the effects of free radicals and aids in treating and preventing wide array of health issues from premature skin aging to cancer. It’s a powerhouse of vitamins like A, C and B complex, including calcium and magnesium, which are vital minerals that are essential to keep our proper wellbeing.
Lingonberry is great for our heart care as it strengthens the blood vessels and lower blood pressure, it is highly effective in treating urinary tract infection the natural way by preventing bacteria from sticking to the bladder, it can lower bad cholesterol level, and it’s a natural antibiotic.
As for weight watchers, add this to your list of diet busters. This super berry is highly recommended for people with diabetes and inflammatory problems. Make this as part of your healthy diet. They are available in juice, jam, powder and frozen form.
It’s safe to use Lingonberry as food in moderate amount. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid consuming lingonberries due to lack of food safety information. For couples planning to conceive a child, it is best to be avoided by men because of the anti-gonadotropic properties in this berry.
For a refreshing, healthy and flavonoid-rich treat, mix a couple of tablespoon frozen lingonberries, one cup of almond milk (unsweetened), about three quarter cup of ice and blend. Start sipping … Ummm!
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