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Sunday 14 August 2022

Cowberry (lingonberry)

 Not a particularly common edible found in Northern Ireland, as a matter of fact I've only found it once before, but this time while buzzard was away on a fishing expedition I came across quite a few of these tasty berries.

I'm sure we've all seen these berries associated with scandinavian countries but they are to be found in Ireland if you know where to look. 

They go by many different names but over here wild cranberry is probably the most common term used. They are sharp and tart tasting, absolutely delicious and if you gether enough make a delicious pudding or jam.

The folklore behind them is that long ago foxes used to have silver fur, but in times of starvation they would resort to eating these berries turning their fur red!

Pick the berries and enjoy, but be careful of the leaves, they are poisonous. 

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