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Lingonsylt – Lingonberry Preserves



Lingonberry preserves are a tasty relish to serve with Swedish pancakes or as an accompaniment to meat, poultry, or fish.

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Although cranberry sauce or even blueberry preserves can be substituted in most Scandinavian recipes calling for lingonberry preserves, the unique flavor of tiny, tart lingonberries makes them worth ordering from on-line suppliers.

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen lingonberries
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange zest (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 to 1 cup sugar


If using fresh berries, wash well and pick through to remove leaves and any bad berries (alternatively, defrost frozen berries). Place berries and orange zest, if using, into saucepan with water. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the berries begin to burst (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in sugar to taste, and refrigerate.

Note:If the preserves seem too watery, drain off the excess syrup and use it to make a delicious lingonberry juice – simply combine 1 part syrup with 2-3 parts water or sparkling water (1/3 cup syrup with up to 1 cup water).

Yield: 1 cup lingonberry preserves.

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