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Cloudberries 101

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Ah yes, still more cloudberries to be picked! This time we headed to Norjso, where Johan owns a nice little cottage with lots of land, with a fabulous cloudberry patch. Now it is important to note that according to Swedish law, you do not have to pick only on your own land. Actually, you can pick on anybody’s land. Just a note in case you ever find yourself in Sweden surrounded by berries.

Cloudberry patch

This patch was full of berries and we all walked away with 2 buckets full of berries.

Cloudberry picking

There are some important things to keep in mind when cloudberry picking that I would like to share with you.

Cloudberry success!

1. Bring boots. Cloudberries like to grow in swampy areas, so mud boots are very important.

2. Bring buckets. You need something to put the cloudberries in.

3. Bring mosquito repelant! There are plenty of mosquitoes in these areas, and they are hungry!

4. Wear long sleeves and a hat/hood, even if it is hot out. Wondering why? See point 3.

I cannot stress the importance of points 3 and 4. There are no lack of mosquitoes in Sweden. And they attack you quickly if you do not have some sort of repelant.

Mosquito bites

Eating Cloudberries

There are many fabulous ways to eat cloudberries.

1. With cheesecake

Cloudberries and cheesecake

2. With vanilla cream

Cloudberries and vanilla cream

3. Cook jam with the cloudberries and eat them with Swedish pancakes

Cloudberry pancakes

Any way you eat cloudberries, they are oh-so-good!

Hilary eating cloudberry pancakes


  1. Michelle
    August 6, 2010 at 22:19 — Reply

    OMG!!!! I want them!!!!! So let me get this straight…..when I go cloudberry picking I should always wear sandals, short shorts and a tank top? Correct? LOL 😉 Looks like you had fun 😉

    • August 6, 2010 at 22:35 — Reply

      LOL… sure you can wear sandals, short shorts and a tank top, but you will have muddy feet, and tongs of mosquito bites. Did you see my forehead in that one pic? And we only forgot to put on the mosquito repellent for 5 minutes! And I didn’t even show the bites on my had, I was itching all over 3 days after. But the cloudberries were oh so worth it 😀

  2. Michelle
    August 9, 2010 at 12:08 — Reply

    LMFAO!! I must have missed the bites! Sounds like pure torture, but ohh the berry goodness. I don’t know what they taste like but I’m willing to bet I will LOVE them as much as the shrooms and froggies!! hahaha

  3. Michelle
    August 9, 2010 at 12:09 — Reply

    BTW I think I see the outline of a UFO on your forehead! 🙂

  4. October 27, 2010 at 17:23 — Reply

    åh Björnbär!!!!
    they are so tasty, lucky you… now i miss home

    • October 29, 2010 at 08:30 — Reply

      bearberries? Really, that’s what they are in Swedish? Sweet! Yes, they are yummy!

      • Mazui
        April 28, 2011 at 14:50 — Reply

        Camilla is confused. Björnbär is called blackberries in english.

        • April 28, 2011 at 15:09 — Reply

          Thank you! Cloudberry is hjortron in Swedish

  5. April 5, 2011 at 16:15 — Reply

    I want to go cloudberry picking this summer!!! What’s the best time for them?

    • April 5, 2011 at 18:59 — Reply

      Last year we picked theses July 31st, August 1st. We went July 21st and they weren’t ready. Do you even have cloudberries in Stockholm? We can be on the look out and let you know a week ahead of time and then you can come up here for the weekend and go picking with us! 😀

  6. May 7, 2011 at 17:02 — Reply

    Oh -what golden delicacies the cloudberries are! Delicious post.

  7. The swede
    September 21, 2011 at 22:59 — Reply

    Thanks for teaching me the english name for the lovely berry hjortron. Here’s one swedish phrase everyone should know.

    Vaniljglass med varm hjortronsylt.

    (Btw. This is my first visit at this blog. I love it!)

    • September 22, 2011 at 08:34 — Reply

      Great phrase! For those who don’t understand Swedish, it is “Vanilla ice cream with warm cloudberry jam”.

      Glad you like the site “The Swede”! 🙂 Sounds like you are a true Swedish Freak too! 🙂

  8. September 27, 2016 at 17:41 — Reply

    Hi Hilary,
    We are planning a trip to Stockholm next August. How far from the city will we have to venture to find cloudberries?

  9. Raquel
    April 25, 2021 at 08:43 — Reply

    Thank you very much for this post and the one about Swedish Berries. I really enjoy reading them!!

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Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. She lives in Prague, Czechia and hopes to one day soon return to Sweden.