Vaccinium vitis-idaea Erntesegen – The German name means harvest blessing. A very vigorous plant with large dark green leaves, growing 40 cm (16 in) tall and spreading. Very productive; berries are large, late ripening and crimson red.rnrnThey are small, red, edible berries that grow on a perennial, woody, evergreen shrub with a low growth habit. They are related to both blueberries and cranberries and have a tangy-tart taste, and have been used for centuries both as food and as medicine. The berries can be eaten raw or can be processed into jam, juice or syrup. Lingonberries contain extremely high amounts of quercetin, a flavonoid with strong anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a natural remedy for the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.