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Also known as “Black Hearts” according to Thomas Hardy in his 1878 novel The Return of the Native, the European bilberry bush is a close relative of American blueberries, cranberries, and huckleberries. It flourishes in damp acidic soil throughout temperate and sub artic regions of the world. The bilberry has a long history of medicinal use. The English used it as a dye for wool due to its wonderful dark blue/purple coloring.
Cowberry is an evergreen shrub that produces edible berries that are bright red in colour. The fruit is common in European and Scandinavian cooking and has a taste similar to cranberry.
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, organic acids, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, phytochemicals, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, benzoic acid
Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders
Loss Of Appetite
Spasm Of The Bladder
Urinary tract infections
Vitamin C Deficiency
Soothing mild diuretic
Cowberry can address various urogenital conditions. Traditional Austrian medicine makes use of the berries as jelly and syrup. It is effective in gastrointestinal disorders and fever.
Cowberry is valued for processed products like juices and sauces. Other products include wines, liquors, trifle, syrups, desserts like sherbet, ice cream and candy. It is also used as an ornament in gardens and lawns. It is effective for cough syrups and can treat blood disorders.
Cowberry may have adverse effects on the male reproductive system.
Nature Gate, Lingonberry: http://www.luontoportti.com/suomi/en/kukkakasvit/cowberry
Wikipedia, Lingonberry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_vitis-idaea
Prairie Elements and Phytotechnical Services, Botanical and Horticultural Consulting: http://www.prairie-elements.ca/lingonberry.html
WSU Whatcom County Extension, Lingonberry: http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/homehort/plant/lingonberry.htm
Living Naturally, Lingonberry: http://www.livingnaturally.com/ns/DisplayMonograph.asp?StoreID=E32FA6C399AB4C99897032581851D45D&DocID=bottomline-lingonberry
Vaccinium vitis Idaea