Picking cloudberry in Norwegian wilderness forest, Trillemarka

Rubus chamaemorus is a native to alpine and arctic tundra and boreal forest, producing amber-colored edible fruit similar to the raspberry or blackberry. English common name is cloudberry. The cloudberry grows to 10–25 cm high, each fruit is initially pale red, ripening into an amber color in early autumn. In Norway early to mid August is the prime season to find ripe cloudberries. The ripe fruits are golden-yellow, soft and juicy, and rich in vitamin C. Cloudberries have a distinctive tart taste.
We serve cloudberries as a dessert on Christmas eve -with whipped cream and “krumkaker” (Norwegian Christmas cookies).

We took the girls and my mum to Trillemarka, a big wilderness forest area of Norway. 205 km2 continuous mountain old growth forests is situated 100 km west of the capital of Norway, Oslo. This is also were the ScandinavianDad’s family had a mountain cabin, making him the perfect mountain (and cloudberry) guide!

And after a good few hours of walking and hunting for the gold of the wild ancient forest -Little B were the first one to jump out into the mountain lake for a refreshing dip.

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