Vaccinum vitis-idaea

Cowberry, photo Jan W. Ahlfors

Cowberries grow in sparse pine forests. The berries taste good and are beneficial. Cowberries have the best balance of sugars and acids for humans. They are also rich in acids that help the berries preserve well. Cowberries have red flesh, which is not very juicy and does not leave any stains. They act as a remedy for our emunctory organs. The leaves of cowberry, however, are even more successful in helping our emunctory organs. They are used to make tea or jam.