hede-melbærris/bjerg-melbærris (Danish), mjoøbær (Norwegian), mjölon (Swedish), sianpuolukka (Finnish), macznica lekarska (Polish)
Bearberries are the fruit from several species of the same genus. Its botanical name means “bear’s grapes”, which eventually became the bearberry.
The plant is a low scrubby bush which grows wild in northern and Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and America. It provides dryish fruits which are generally eaten only in times of famine – or by bears.
However, the berries of A. alpina, the alpine bearberry, which are less dry and reasonably pleasant to eat, are consumed in Lapland and parts of Russia.