Lingonberries are a vibrant, red fruit that's abundant in the Scandinavian countries. They can be picked in the wild and their tart juiciness is a terrific addition to dishes both sweet and savory. Here are five examples of traditional ways to serve them.
• 1 Sprinkle them fresh on top of hot or cold cereals.
• 2 Vispipuuro, a traditional Finnish semolina porridge dessert made with lingonberries (pictured above)
• 3 Top Finnish Meatballs (or similar) with lingonberry jam. The recipe linked here includes sour cream, which is a delicious tradition. More commonly, many of us have probably had the Swedish meatballs from IKEA.
• 4 Use lingonberry preserves as a stir-in for yogurt.
• 5 Serve the fresh berry or preserves on potato pancakes.
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. In addition to these nutrients, they also contain phytochemicals that are thought to counteract urinary-tract infections, and the seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Have you tried lingonberries before? Lingonberry jam is pretty easy to come by, and we've heard about wild fruits in the northern US that are similar (by a different name). Let us know, fresh or preserved, how you like to eat them.