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New 'blingon' berry found in Sweden

The Local · 8 Jun 2012, 14:20

Published: 08 Jun 2012 14:20 GMT+02:00

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The species of plant producing the berry has been detected at a number of locations across Sweden but until the discovery in Bohuslän has not borne fruit, according to a report by Sveriges Radio (SR).

"The leaves have a blueberry colour, that is to say quite light green, but they are also leathery, similar to lingonberries," Evastina Blomgren, the botanist who made the find, told SR.

While the plant bears some resemblance to elements of its floral forebears, the berries themselves it appears are unlikely to compete for a place on the Swedish summer smorgasbord.

"It was no taste sensation. They didn't taste rotten, but they weren't that good," Blomgren said.

The plant is reported to have been created purely by the force of nature and grows as a result of the cross-pollination of near-lying blueberry and lingonbery plants by the same insect.

Given the right conditions, a "blingon" bush would then be the result.

Blomgren explained however that she is not entirely happy with her find being given the name "blingon", saying that she would prefer "blågon", incorporating the Swedish word for blue.

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Your comments about this article

14:42 June 8, 2012 by Erefus
so now we just need a mix of krusbär and lingon to get klingon-berries.
15:33 June 8, 2012 by gpafledthis
presages the "new swede" combine malmo+swede= real tasteless swede
16:30 June 8, 2012 by Hwiorae
Gpafledthis, get some new material. Your comments are so tired; if I've read one, I've read them all.
18:35 June 8, 2012 by philster61
I have got my bling on. Gotta have have the gold you know...
19:54 June 8, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
This bi-racial abomination of nature must be rooted out and exterminated, lest it spreads to Malmö and causes gpafledthis to suffer an aneurysm or something.
08:09 June 9, 2012 by scandiland
"It was no taste sensation. They didn't taste rotten, but they weren't that good," Blomgren said.

I like the honest appraisal of the blingon taste! Maybe the blingon would make a delicious jam like some other tart fruit, like gooseberries and lingonberries?
18:15 June 9, 2012 by BenC30
Sounds very 'bling'.

Is 'gpafledthis' ok? Sound like he is in need of some help.
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