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Jun 20, 2006 12:12 AM

Where Can I Buy Lingonberries in LA?

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: PayOrPlay

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

      1. re: kinetosope

        also try the svart vinbaer juice concentrate - more tart.

      2. re: PayOrPlay

        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.

        1. re: PayOrPlay

          Preserves can be had at Smart & Final in Venice.

          1. re: PayOrPlay

            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.

            1. re: PayOrPlay

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

              1. re: LT from LF

                Awesome, thanks for the tip!

            2. 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.

              1. 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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                  1. 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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                    1. re: gordo26

                      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!