This is cowberry (or lingonberry), is juicy and tasty wild berry. It's a big harvest in the forest this year. My neighbors gardeners invited me to their company to gather cowberry. You might remember that I had gone with them to the river where they were fishing (here). I love to eat cowberry, it has a sweet-sour taste, is perfectly stored with sugar and is very useful, especially in the cold season.
We went out after breakfast and walked into the forest, a few miles from my summer house. At first we had passed a swamp, where Jerusalem artichoke (Heliánthus tuberósus) grew with yellow flowers. Its rhizome can be eaten, but I had never tried it. On a small lake I've seen ducks, they were hiding.
Our route passed by tall trees. I love to consider high and old trees. They've seen a lot in their long life!
Finally we were in the woods. This was a pine forest, quite clean and dry. I could see many pines in a distance.
Often large granite boulders could be found in such wood. They stayed lying there since a melting glacier passed by thousands years ago. The blueberry bushes grew under the pines. But blueberries have already dropped, there was a little left on the bushes.
The cowberry bushes are not high. I found them around the boulder, among the fallen trunks and in moss. There were a lot of berries. It is necessary to bend down or to squat down to gather cowberry. It is so tasty that the hand with berries moved in my mouth. Oh, no!, it should be collected in a bucket!
Do you like cowberry (or lingonberry)? When did you gather it and where? Do you make cowberry jam?