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New berries discovered in Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 8 (UPI) -- A previously undiscovered variety of berry found in western Sweden has been dubbed the "blingon," a combination of lingon and blueberry.

Sveriges Radio said the fruit, which was found by botanist Evastina Blomgren, was named blingon because the leaves have a blueberry color and a leathery texture similar to a lingonbery plant, The Local.se reported Friday.

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Blomgren said botanists were previously aware of the plants, which grow in several locations in Sweden, but were previously unaware of any instances where the plants sprouted berries. She said the plants are believed to be the result of cross-pollination of nearby blueberry and lingonbery plants.

The botanist said the berries are unlikely to become a popular food source.

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

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