Lingonberries are a smaller, sweeter cousin of cranberries that grow as low, spreading, evergreen bushes. They have pale pink and white flowers that appear in late spring. You can look forward to two harvests of berries, the first at the end of July and the second in September. Lingonberries need acidic soil and are therefore best grown in raised beds of containers filled with special acidic potting mix. They don’t need boggy conditions like cranberries but they do need to be kept well watered.
Goji berries may sound exotic and perhaps they are since they originate from the foothills of the Himalayas. They have very high concentrations of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants, so have been called one of the “superfoods.” Goji berries are super hardy and can survive very cold winters as well as hot, dry summers. You’ll want to grow them in a sheltered, sunny spot with plenty of room. Once established, you’ll see purple-and-white flowers followed by small, red berries in fall, which you can enjoy dried, like raisins, or use in juices.
The “honey” in the honeyberry name refers to honeysuckle – these berries an edible form of it. They grow 3 to 6 feet tall and produce purple-blue berries starting in early summer. The taste of the fruit is a little hard to describe but is something like wild blueberries. They’re easy to grow, but you need to plant at least two because they need another plant for pollination. Honeyberries are quite hardy and drought-resistant and unlike blueberries, they don’t need acidic soil.