The lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) is a small evergreen herb that bears edible fruits. It is seldom cultivated but its fruits are commonly collected from the wild. Its native habitat is the circumboreal forests of northern Eurasia and North America, extending from temperate to subarctic climates. Wild-collected lingonberries are a popular fruit in northern Europe, notably in Scandinavia, where they are available for gathering on public lands. Because the berries are quite tart, they are almost always cooked and sweetened before eating in the form of jam, compote, juice, or syrup. Lingonberry compote sometimes accompanies game meats.