Swamps, mosquitos, flies, occasional snake, distant brown bear roar, scorching midday sun and cool draft in the evening. Finns go through a lot to fill their freezers with these delicious and juicy berries. But we Finns are not the only people who are aware of the heavenly taste of cloudberries and more and more instead of being stored in Finnish freezers our pure heavenly berries are now increasingly exported all over the world.
Good thing that we export cloudberries because they are distinctively Northern berries and don’t grow anywhere else but on top of the planet earth. We have exported them since medieval times and for example royal courts have made plenty of coins to their coffers by renting out the right to collect berries from Lappland. Thanks to the modern logistics everyone can now have them in breakfast table or as a dessert.
Come to think of it, it was a good thing that cloudberries were already valuable for feodal lords, because that made those Northern swamps valuable and for the same reason they still exist in pristine condition. Rains falls from sky so clean that you can drink it and the same water runs in streams drinkable as well. When you add midnight sun, harsh winters, cool summer rains from Golf-stream and you get fantastic palette of growing conditions that are unique to Northern Scandinavia.
Cloudberries are just as unique as their growing environment. Cloudberry’s roots survive the winter and every spring it grows new leaves and flowers to enjoy sunshine and make berries. Cloudberry uses berries and roots to spread and you might find large areas covered in cloudberry shrubbery. Having lots of cloudberries doesn’t necessarily mean that there are going to be lots of berries and the reason for that is that cloudberries have only either stamen or anther flowers. If one plant grows and spreads to cover a large field it might make a flowery meadow in the spring but if it is only stamen flowers then there is not going to be a single berry. Also remember that some years there are vicious frosts and all the cloudberry flowers get frost bitten. Those years there might not be berries at all. These reasons make cloudberry a very expensive treat.
Cloudberry is also called as a Scandinavian orange as it is of the same colour and has almost four times more vitamin C in it. Other vitamin quantities are also very high. Cloudberry is an obvious health food, but it is now mostly used in baking, ice creams spirits, juices, jams etc. How wonderful it is that here we have a tasty food, which is also as good to your body as it is for your soul.
NOTE: CLOUDBERRY POWDER IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK! AS YOU KNOW, THEY ARE PRECIOUS! WE WILL INFORM AGAIN WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE!