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Lingonberry — a close relative cranberries, only it grows not in swamps, but in the forest, and it ripens much earlier.

Most of us know cowberries as a forest berry.

Lingonberry — a close relative cranberries, only it grows not in swamps, but in the forest, and it ripens much earlier.

Most of us know lingonberry as a forest berry, although in some countries (Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany, Scandinavian countries, Finland) there are lingonberry plantations.

Lingonberry — evergreen shrub (Vaccinium vitis-idaea): its red berries are kept in the snow until spring.

Lingonberry is rich in vitamin C and pectin.

A decoction of the leaves of lingonberry is useful for kidney disease (it acts as a natural diuretic), a decoction of the berries quenches thirst during fever.

Lingonberry syrup sharpens eyesight.

Lingonberry in Latin — Vaccinium vitis jdaea, which literally translates as «cows vine from Mount Ida.» But in English — cowberry (cow berry).

How are cowberries and cows related?

Most likely nothing — just maybe confused the word at one time bassa (berry) with vassa (cow).

Since then, the «cow» word has been attached, and already forever.

The Russian word lingonberry comes from the Old Slavonic language (bar, brusti, take up).

Indeed, ripe lingonberry berries are easy to dump, that is, pluck.

First of all, lingonberries can be divided into wild (forest) and cultural.

In our country, lingonberry culture, in general, is not as popular as in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands, but it is still grown.

Currently, more than two dozen cultivated varieties and lingonberry hybrids are registered worldwide.

Cowberry berries pretty sour. Lingonberries are used to make jam, jelly, a filling for sweets, compote, jelly, pudding, juice, juice, meat sauce, add it to the dough, porridge, marinade.

In Denmark, the Christmas goose is served for lunch with red cabbage and lingonberry compote.

Lingonberry can not only be well preserved, but also used to preserve other foods.

All this is possible due to the presence of a natural antiseptic — benzoic acid.

Lingonberry berries ripen from late July to September, depending on the variety and area.

Lingonberry leaves for medical purposes are harvested only in early spring from under the snow, before the appearance of buds.

Possible harvesting in October.

Raw materials harvested in the summer are not suitable for medical purposes, the leaves turn black when dried.

Buy only ripe berry cowberries.

It should have a rich red or at least pink color. When a berry is green or white in color, it is considered unripe; and at home she, most likely, will not reach. If the lingonberry is only slightly unripe, it can ripen at home if it is placed next to apples or tomatoes.

Overripe cowberry can be distinguished by a brownish tint.

When choosing lingonberry look not at a separate berry, but in general at all. One of the hallmarks of quality is “purity,” there should be no sand, dust, or rotten, moldy berries.

Make sure that among the wild lingonberries do not come across berries of another type (they can be poisonous).

Do not take lingonberries, if it has a lot of berries with dents and other defects.

The requirement for moisture when buying lingonberries is not as critical as, for example, currants.

Lingonberry "absorbs" radiation and can be sold at an overestimating rate. At the same time, this berry is able to remove radiation from the human body. To determine the level of radiation in the berries can only be a special device — a dosimeter.

Therefore, when choosing lingonberries, be sure to at least bring it from ecologically safe places.

Unripe lingonberries do not cost long keep: it gives bitterness.

It is worth keeping only ripe berry. It is best to store and transport it in wicker baskets or in wooden kegs.

Cover the top with a cloth (linen, matting, etc.).

The layer of berries should not exceed 30 cm.

The ideal storage temperature for lingonberries should be within 3-5 degrees Celsius.

Shelf life will reach two months.

At home, without a refrigerator (temperature — 18-25 degrees Celsius), the berry will last for about 10 days.

In a dark, dry, cool place (cellar), lingonberries can be preserved fresh long enough — all winter. Here it is kept filled with pure boiled cooled water.

With the onset of cold weather, water is drained, and the berries are stored in a basket or wooden container in a cold place.

In this form, the berry tastes like fresh, while preserving its beneficial properties.

Often cranberries are stored in their own juice. The best storage container is a wooden barrel.

The berries are well washed, filtered, dried. Layer after layer of the berries is crushed with a wooden pestle or spoon to the extent that its own juice covers the berry.

The top layer is covered with a clean cloth.

The oppression is put on the wooden circle.

After 4-6 days, when the berries have compacted and settled, the container should be refilled, closed and stored in a cold place.

It can also be saved by freezing (almost does not lose nutrients) or by drying (at a temperature not higher than 60 degrees Celsius).

Store dried berries in a dry dark place, preferably in linen bags, which should be ventilated twice a month.

Lingonberries in August-September should not be missed — it is extremely useful and completely.

Lingonberry is a truly unique berry: moderately sour, moderately sweet, with a pleasant one.

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