The lingonberry plant is a small bush about 20cm high which grows on heather moors and also can be found on heaths and in pine forests. The berries are bright-red, ripen in September and appears as bunches - hence the name lingonberry. Lingon means little heap in old Danish. The gathering of lingonberries is believed to date back to the Bronze Age. In the coffin of the Egtved girl (a Nordic Bronze Age girl whose well-preserved remains were found at Egtved, Denmark) the remains of some wine made of lingonberries was found. When gathering lingonberries a so called lingonberry iron was used which looked like a drawer with a handle and a row of teeth on it. The iron is put in between the branches and the berries are ripped off and gathered in the drawer. Today we get the berries from Northern Scandinavia. The gathering is still done by hand using the lingonberry iron. Private persons gather the berries and sell them to the big cold-storage plants.