|Scientific name:||Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.|
|Swedish name:||Lingon, kröson|
|Nederlandse naam:||Rode bosbes|
|English name:||Cowberry, lingonberry||Family:||Ericaceae, Heather family, Ljungväxter|
|Life form:||Perennial shrub|
|Leaves:||Leathery, evergreen, oblong with both ends rounded|
|Flowers:||White bell-shaped flowers|
|Flowering Period:||May, June|
|Fruit:||Quite tart berries, almost always cooked and sweetened before eating in the form of lingonberry jam, compote, juice, or syrup|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Vaccinium, from an old name used in the works of
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70-19 BCE) and Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Secundus, 23-79 CE).
vitis-idaea,Ιδα, grape of Mt Ida in Crete where Jupiter was hidden as an infant.
In Sweden and Norway, reindeer and deer steak is traditionally served with gravy and lingonberry sauce;
Lingonberry preserve is commonly eaten with meatballs and potatoes.