Lingonberry, lowbush cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

Lingonberry, lowbush cranberry

An evergreen ground cover.
Grows in diverse habitats from dry roadside slopes to acid-peat bogs, and from mature spruce-hardwood forests to exposed arctic and alpine tundra. It grows in dense mats, 8 to 12 inches (20–30 cm) tall in deep shady forests but also forms ground-hugging mats scattered among the rocks of exposed alpine outcrops. Fruit is most abundant in exposed sites that have acid soils with a high organic matter content.

Black crowberry Empetrum nigrum

BlackBerry Empetrum nigrum

Empetrum nigrum, Alaskan name blackberry

Empetrum nigrum, crowberry, black crowberry, or, in western Alaska, blackberry, is a flowering plant species in the heather family Ericaceae with a near circumboreal distribution in the northern hemisphere. It is also native in the Falkland Islands. It is usually dioecious, but there is a bisexual tetraploid subspecies, Empetrum nigrum ssp. hermaphroditum, that occurs in more northerly locations and at higher altitude.

Evolutionary biologists have explained the striking geographic distribution of crowberries as a result of long-distance migratory birds dispersing seeds from one pole to the other.

Alaskan Alpine Bearberry

Alaskan Alpine Bearberry

Arctostaphylos alpina, with the common names alpine bearberry, mountain bearberry, or black bearberry is a dwarf shrub in the heather family Ericaceae. The basionym of this species is Arbutus alpina L.

Distribution and habitat
Arctostaphylos alpina is a procumbent shrub usually less than 6 inches (15 cm) high with a woody stem and straggling branches. The leaves are alternate and wither in the autumn but remain on the plant for another year. The leaves are stalked and are oval with serrated margins and a network of veins. They often turn red to scarlet in autumn.

What Is Wild Alaskan Salmon Good For?

What Is Wild Alaskan  Salmon Good For?

“Salmon” refers to fish in the order Salmoniformes, which thrive in the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. These marine creatures are anadromous: they are born in freshwater, migrate to the ocean and then return to freshwater to reproduce. They vary in appearance according to species; some are silvery-blue while others have black spots on their body.

Grapefruit: science of vitamins, beauty and joy of living

Winter is a season when we can enjoy citrus fruits, bright tangerines, aromatic oranges and juicy grapefruits. It is a disputable issue which of the citrus fruits is best for our health, but slightly bitter grapefruit is the most refined among them.
Botanists are still uncertain what country is the homeland of grapefruit. This tropical fruit grows in the Mediterranean countries, Japan, China, South America and in the Caucasus. The first evidence mentioning grapefruit dates back to the 18th century when English sailor found huge trees with big fruits on Barbados. When growing on a tree, grapefruits usually form bunches resembling grapes. Supposedly, the fruit was called 'grapefruit' because of such likeness.

ALASKA Blueberries

Blueberries (Vaccinium uliginosum) Mmm Mmm Good They are so good that every type of wildlife from ptarmigan (Alaskan Chickens) to insects, Grizzly Bears to little shrews, even humans, gorge on them. Grizzly Bears in Denali National Park eat over 30,000 to 50,000 berries a day and a large portion of them are blueberries. Humans eat them raw or prepare them in jellies, jams, pies, muffins, and freeze for use in winter. To learn how to prepare all types of berries, you can find information at the UAF Cooperative Extension Web site, please see listing below.