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

16 thoughts on “Cloudberries 101”

  1. 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 😉

    • 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. 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

    • 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! 😀

  3. 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!)

    • 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! 🙂


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