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Where Can I Buy Lingonberries in LA?

jamiestein Jun 20, 2006 12:12 AM

Hey Chowhounds,

I'm excited to try my hand at authentic Swedish meatballs in a few days but have no idea where to look for Swedish lingonberries. I know they must be sold locally since a lot of eateries seem to use them for sauces and syrup but don't know where to start looking. Are there Swedish specialty stores?

Any help would be appreciated.

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    PayOrPlay RE: jamiestein Jun 20, 2006 02:12 AM

    Not sure about fresh. Two thoughts for pre-prepared ones:

    (1) IKEA
    (2) Olson's Delicatessen, 5660 W. Pico, (323) 938-0742

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      kinetosope RE: PayOrPlay Jun 20, 2006 03:38 AM

      and, i might add, the Lingonberry juice at Ikea is mesmerizing and super sweet.

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        WildSwede RE: kinetosope Jun 20, 2006 01:36 PM

        also try the svart vinbaer juice concentrate - more tart.

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        Das Ubergeek RE: PayOrPlay Jun 20, 2006 07:55 AM

        The fresh ones are all but unavailable here, but you can get jarred lingonberry preserved at IKEA, as you mentioned, and also at Berolina Bakery, which is a Swedish bakery at the corner of Verdugo and Ocean View Boulevards in north Glendale.

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          Burger Boy RE: PayOrPlay Jun 20, 2006 09:52 AM

          Preserves can be had at Smart & Final in Venice.

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            petra RE: PayOrPlay Jun 20, 2006 11:14 AM

            Go to Olsen's just for the experience - old school for sure - a treat. For meatballs what you need is the preserve. If you choose to go to Ikea I must say that the packaged meatball sauce isn't that bad. Enjoy.

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              LT from LF RE: PayOrPlay Jun 20, 2006 02:59 PM

              Not sure if they have them all year, but I get frozen ones at Olson's around Christmas time, and make my own sauce.

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                petradish RE: LT from LF Jun 21, 2006 06:45 PM

                Awesome, thanks for the tip!

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              Bob Brooks RE: jamiestein Jun 20, 2006 12:51 PM

              I've found the preserves at Pavilions. While they are quite nice, they are rather pricey. If cost is an issue, whole berry cranberry sauce would be a good substitute.

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                Jack Flash RE: jamiestein Jun 20, 2006 01:00 PM

                You can get the ones in the jar at many different supermarkets (Gelson's & Mayfair for sure, probably Bristol Farms). I've bought them at my local Cost Plus as well. You might even have some luck at Ralph's, at least in the right neighborhood.

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                  Poeticalmath RE: Jack Flash Dec 18, 2008 11:48 AM

                  No doubt, im a go check that out

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                  gordo26 RE: jamiestein May 17, 2011 10:02 AM

                  I found fresh one's at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market several weeks ago. I think the window has closed though as I haven't seen them since.

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                    AAQjr RE: gordo26 May 20, 2011 01:16 PM

                    Pudwill Berry Farms. I haven't seen the recently either, but it's worth asking. They have some great berries. I love their black berries, golden raspberries.. everything really!

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                    brian j RE: jamiestein May 20, 2011 11:49 AM

                    i saw them at the sunday hollywood farmers market last weekend.

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                      mpeinter RE: jamiestein Oct 31, 2011 11:07 AM

                      I just saw lingonberries on the Dr. Oz show a few weeks ago and ordered frozen lingonberries online at www.nwwildfoods.com. they ship them frozen to you and they were delicious.

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