Norwegians call these arctic berries krekling or krøkebær. Owing to their diuretic qualities they were also named pissbær meaning "piss berries". Crowberries are not distinguished by pleasant savor and are seldom eaten fresh. Nevertheless, their acidic and bitter taste is beneficial for juices, wines, beer, jams and jellies. Besides, crowberries are noted for being a natural colorant. They are usually gathered along with bilberries during late August.