ling·​on·​ber·​ry | \ˈliŋ-ən-ˌber-ē \

Definition of lingonberry 

: a low-growing, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) of cooler, northern regions of North America and Europe that has leathery, oval leaves, white or light pink, bell-shaped, nodding flowers and red berries and is related to the blueberry and cranberry also : the fruit of the lingonberry that resembles a cranberry in size and tart flavor and may be eaten raw but is often used in jams, syrups, baked goods, ice cream, juices, and wine and is sometimes pickled — see mountain cranberry

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That goes well beyond lingonberries and Swedish meatballs. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "IKEA's culinary director could get you to like herring," 28 May 2018 The lingonberries and sea buckthorn used in Selma’s homemade sodas find new life as preserves, which are paired with tiny vintage Scandinavian oyster forks and sturdy spelt crackers. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Hesperios Founder Autumn Hruby Just Opened a Cafe in Her Dreamy Manhattan Shop," 21 May 2018 The Oak Creek Ikea includes a 300-seat restaurant, which will serve up a variety of fare but is best known for Swedish specialties such as salmon plates, meatballs with lingonberries, pastries and American dishes. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Buzz builds as grand opening of Oak Creek Ikea store nears," 9 May 2018 Swedish meatballs are traditionally eaten with creamy brown sauce, mashed or boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam, a sweet condiment particularly popular in northern Europe and made from berries related to cranberries and blueberries. Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Abbasolute scandal: Swedish meatballs are really Turkish," 3 May 2018 Her dish: Papaya clafoutis with a spicy white chocolate cookie crisp, lingonberry-strawberry compote and lingongerry Greek yogurt. Debora Britz, azcentral, "Joy Bus Diner chef wins 10K on 'Chopped,' brings attention to Phoenix cause," 28 Mar. 2018 An authentic Scandinavian Shrove takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. This pancake dinner is complete with aebleskivers and lingonberry jam on Shrove. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar," 8 Feb. 2018 The store will also feature a supervised children’s play area and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates as well as classic American cuisine. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ikea is also for pets. New Oak Creek store to stock new Lurvig pet furniture," 17 Oct. 2017 Swedish Pancake Breakfast SUN Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, ham, music and folk dancing, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of lingonberry

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lingonberry

Swedish lingon lingonberry; akin to Old Norse lyng ling

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