Poor forecast for lingonberry, especially in northern Sweden

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Ligonberries are a popular staple of Swedish food. Photo Radio Sweden.A bad harvest is forecast for the lingonberry in Sweden this year. The berry, which many people both pick and eat, has a particularly bad outlook in the north of Sweden, where the harvest is normally the best, reports Swedish news agency TT.

The berry, which  resembles a cranberry, grows in the world’s northern regions like Alaska, Canada, and northern Scandinavia. It’s a Swedish staple, especially for making jam.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences says that there is no clear reason for the sparseness of the lingonberry for a third year in a row. The forecast for this year in the north of Sweden is only around 40 percent of the average for the period 2003-2010.

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