These beautiful red berries contain plenty of organic acids, vitamin A (as beta carotene), vitamin C, as well as B vitamins and beneficial minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. Many people compare the Lingonberry to the Cranberry, but the Lingonberry is far superior due to its’ exceptional balance of compounds. Lingonberries grow wild in the purest air of Northern Scandinavia. (Sweden is actually covered 17% with Lingonberry bushes).
Wild bilberries have a much higher nutrient content than cultivated blueberries. Bilberries are famous for their high content of anthocyanin and antioxidants. In addition to acting as antioxidants and fighting free radicals, anthocyanin may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits.
This is exactly why bilberries are higher valued – due to their rarity and exceptional nutritional value. They grow during the long light nights in the summer, which increases the anthocyanin content, giving the berry its dark colour. These little power berries are softer and juicier than blueberries and more difficult to transport. For this reason, they tend to be only available in gourmet stores or health shops.
Here at Surrey Hill's Fermentary, based at the foot of the Surrey Hills, in mid June each year we compete with the Cuckoos, Nightjars and Nightingales to forage for the wild bilberries daily on our walks, where they grow plentiful on the higher, dry ground.
It is said by some, that King Harald I of Denmark enjoyed eating blueberries so much, that his teeth turned blue and that this is why, he was nicknamed Bluetooth.
Our Nordic Wild Berry flavour is brewed with a blend of Lingonberries and Bilberries. Added to the Water Kefir, this produces a delicious sparkling probiotic drink that will give a real boost to your immune system, when drank regularly. Good Health, Naturally and Sustainably.