Definition of mountain cranberry in US English:

mountain cranberry


  • 1A low-growing evergreen dwarf shrub of the heath family that bears dark red berries and grows in upland habitats in the north.

    Vaccinium vitis-idaea, family Ericaceae

    Also called cowberry, lingonberry
    • ‘Peoples of the north have relied on mountain cranberry for food for centuries; in Scandinavia, the Swedes call it lingon, and in England it is known as Lingberry and Crowberry.’
    • ‘Of the shrubs and herbs which occur in the vicinity of Fort Langley, the more important of these were bog cranberry, blueberries, mountain cranberries and salal.’
    • ‘The foothills are overgrown with blueberries and mountain cranberries.’
    • ‘Wet meadows have abundant grasses, sedges, and rushes, while low-growing shrubs include black crowberry, mountain cranberry, shrubby cinquefoil, and three dwarf willows.’
    • ‘In North America, mountain cranberry is restricted to areas north of the glacial boundary.’
    • ‘The mountain cranberries will spread to cover the ground.’
    • ‘It grows in the same climate as the mountain cranberry and grows all over Canada, Europe and Northern Asia.’
    • ‘On the moors, the mountain cranberry is in bloom in May and June.’
    • ‘Mount Mansfield has a long stretch of alpine terrain, and has mountain cranberries.’
    • ‘Many of the shrubs are berry plants, such as low bilberry, mountain cranberry, bearberry, and crowberry, and bears graze on these in late summer.’
    • ‘The latter, which replaces it in the more northerly regions and at higher altitudes, can be termed mountain cranberry, or foxberry.’
    1. 1.1 The edible acid berry of the mountain cranberry plant, which may be used as a cranberry substitute.
      • ‘Partridgeberries, also known as mountain cranberries, are small tart berries that are best replaced with the smaller cranberries for taste.’
      • ‘Cut the meat in thin slices and serve with potatoes, green peas, sprouts and mountain cranberries.’
      • ‘Remember to look for blueberries and mountain cranberries in mid to late summer, especially off the beaten path.’
      • ‘Wild mountain cranberries can have positive effects on the bladder.’
      • ‘The juice from mountain cranberries is recognized as having the highest content of natural proanthocyanidins.’
      • ‘Look for mountain cranberries and blueberries along the edges of the ledges.’
      • ‘Wild lingonberries are also called mountain cranberries and partridgeberries.’
      • ‘Of course the word lingon is Swedish, but the berries are also known as cowberries, mountain cranberries, lowbush cranberries, European cranberries, and wild cranberries.’
      • ‘During summer and fall, the birds feed on a variety of flowers, green leaves and berries - particularly blueberries and mountain cranberries.’