The value of lingonberries, family, friends, and close ties

Lingonberries are small red berries which grow on wild lingonberry fruit trees. Photo: Jonas Bergsten / Sweden

SAN DIEGO, June 11, 2013 – Lingonberries are small red berries which grow in the wild on low bushes.  Common in Scandinavian countries and consumed by their peoples for centuries, lingonberries were especially popular with early Norwegians, Danish, Icelanders, Finnish, and Swedish peoples due to their ability to be kept at room temperatures for many months.

They could be easily stored “simply by placing them in jars of water (vattlingon) or by stirring them with a small amount of sugar (raorda lingnon),” according to Scandinavian Food.

With no cooking required, lingonberries are delicious as a jam, sauce, sorbet, and the like, and are also a welcomed ingredient in a variety of recipes.

According to “The New Superfruit:  Lingonberry,” written by Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc., Directors of Inner Source Health, lingonberries may be considered a modern-day superfruit helpful to both people and animals.

In fact, the lingonberry is proving to be an important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, containing a variety of health-enhancing properties.

Those with Scandinavian lineage are likely familiar with lingonberries from family meal times at the dinner table.  Whether hearing about lingonberries as a Dane or Norwegian (tyttebaer), Icelander (raober), Finn (puolukka), or Swede (lingon), many were fortunate to be able to savor their exceptionally crisp, yet not-too-tart taste on pancakes, breads, or other Scandinavian delights.  Little did they know they were making themselves healthier at the same time!

Biting into lingonberry jam as an adult for those with Scandinavian heritage will release a stream of childhood memories of enjoying lingonberry jam on breakfast bread.  Memories of large family get-togethers from childhood with the Swedish language mixed with broken English and Native English from a multigenerational family get-together. 

There must be wisdom in the belief that early childhood and family experiences help to shape us into what we later become. Today, there is revelry, melding with a sense of the commonplace, while vacationing in Europe and experiencing its sights, and hearing the sounds of multilingual Europeans.  It provides an uncanny sense of “coming home.”

Close loving ties, family, and friends are critically important and health-enhancing as we go through life and its many ups and downs.  These relationships provide mutual support and caring, with the benefit of a bond of shared history.  Our loved ones, whether family by blood or by choice, are among life’s truest blessings. 

Though considered one of a variety of superfruits, lingonberries just might be “little red memory pills,” unlocking the secrets of our happiest childhood experiences for those of us who were fortunate enough to have them.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is President and CEO of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California. In addition to her positions as entrepreneur, health care executive, educator, media guest and contributor, Edwards-Tate is also a wife, daughter, and dog lover. Read more LifeCycles in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow At Your Home Familycare on Facebook and on Twitter @AYHFamilycare.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today.

Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top  Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service.  Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home.

Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. 

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