Monday, February 18, 2008

Empter tangent: Partridge Berries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

My favorite thing to fill my empter with is partridge berries.

Vaccinium vitis-idaea
(source: Wikipedia)

The Vaccinium vitis-idaea – often called lingonberry or cowberry, also called foxberry, mountain cranberry, red whortleberry, lowbush cranberry, partridgeberry (in Newfoundland and Labrador and Cape Breton), and redberry (in Labrador) – is a small evergreen shrub in the flowering plant family Ericaceae that bears edible fruit.

It is seldom cultivated, but the fruits are commonly collected in the wild. The native habitat is the circumboreal forests of northern Eurasia and North America, extending from temperate into subarctic climates.

To read the rest of the Wikepedia entry on partridge berries click here.

No comments: