Arctic wild berries are distinctively featured in Finnish cuisine with their strong flavor and high nutrient content. It is quite common to go picking berries straight from the forests. Wild raspberries, bilberries and lingonberries (cowberries) are found almost in every part of Finland, while cloudberries, cranberries, arctic brambles and sea buckthorns grow on more specific areas. The wild strawberry (metsämansikka) with strong aroma is also a seasonal delicacy used for cakes or ice cream.
Mountain Cranberry/Lingonberry - Charming and rarely seen, this refined little glossy evergreen grows only 2-3 inches high with shiny leaves a third of an inch long. Intricate dense clusters of pink bells pop open in spring; Autumn brings edible and nutricious scarlet berries that are quite beautiful.
Lingonberries grow on bushes and look like red currants, but taste more like cranberries. They are used in wine, jam, juice, jellies - much like other berries. - Roman scrapes up the last bit of Schnitzel off his plate and pops it in his mouth. “I’ve never been in favor of the word ‘lingonberries,’” he says through his food. “Sounds too much like ‘dingleberries.’” Lothlorien, Elle (2010-07-27). The Frog Prince (A Romantic Comedy) (p. 252).