FoodUnveiling cloudberries: Health gold of the nordic regions

Unveiling cloudberries: Health gold of the nordic regions

Cloudberries are smaller and have a different color than the ones we know well.
Cloudberries are smaller and have a different color than the ones we know well.
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5:32 PM EDT, June 23, 2024

These small, unassuming, yellow-orange "clouds" possess properties many fruits envy. We're talking about cloudberries. Believed to be a relic of the Ice Age, these berries, also known as Nordic raspberries, have been utilized in natural medicine for years, offer significant beauty benefits, and taste excellent. What sets them apart from the raspberries we know well, and can you buy them?

Cloudberry, so named because it resembles little clouds, is a plant from the rose family. It thrives mainly in the colder regions of the northern hemisphere, such as Scandinavia, Canada, and Alaska.

Cloudberry has more vitamin C than oranges

Cloudberry is a treasure trove of vitamins. It is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and PP and minerals like potassium, iron, and phosphorus. Additionally, cloudberry is a source of antioxidants, including ellagic acid, which helps protect cells from damage. Due to its high antioxidant content, this berry is valued for its anti-ageing properties and ability to rejuvenate. The vitamins boost immunity, and their anti-inflammatory action helps combat chronic diseases.

Gold of the north

Scandinavians are big fans of these fruits. Raw, they have a sweet and sour taste, more refreshing than dessert-like. Cloudberries are stored excellently, unlike regular raspberries. This is because they contain benzoic acid, a natural preservative. After picking, they can last in a cool place for up to three months, providing plenty of time to savor them and make preserves.

In Scandinavia, cloudberries are called "gold of the north" and are picked by whole families for weekend outdoor activities. They are considered a national treasure in Finland, and the fruit even appears on the 2 Euro coin.

Cloudberry preserves

Scandinavians are masters at processing these unique fruits. They make jams and juices, add them to cakes and other desserts, and even dry them. In Finland, these berries are served warm with local cheese and cream, and in Norway, they make a traditional dessert called "Multekrem." This delightful creamy blend of berries and whipped sweet cream is served with crispy cookies. Cloudberries are also famous for their spirits, including liqueurs and stronger beverages.

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