Rubus chamaemorus is a rhizomatous herb native to cool temperate,
alpine, arctic tundra and boreal forest, producing amber-colored
edible fruit similar to the raspberry or blackberry. English common
names include cloudberry, bakeapple (in Newfoundland and Labrador),
knotberry and knoutberry (in England), aqpik or low-bush salmonberry
Alaska – not to be confused with true salmonberry, Rubus
spectabilis), and averin or evron (in Scotland).
2 Distribution and ecology
4.1 Alcoholic drinks
5 Nutrients and phytochemicals
6 Cultural references
7 Harvesting on public property
9 Further reading
10 External links
Rubus species, the cloudberry is dioecious, and fruit
production by a female plant requires pollination from a male
The cloudberry grows to 10–25 cm (4–10 in) high. The
leaves alternate between having 5 and 7 soft, handlike lobes on
straight, branchless stalks. After pollination, the white (sometimes
reddish-tipped) flowers form raspberry-sized aggregate fruits which
are more plentiful in wooded rather than sun-exposed habitats.
Consisting of between 5 and 25 drupelets, each fruit is initially pale
red, ripening into an amber color in early autumn.
Distribution and ecology
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Cloudberries are a circumpolar boreal plant, occurring naturally
Northern Hemisphere from 78°N, south to about 55°N,
and are scattered south to 44°N mainly in mountainous areas and
moorlands. In Europe, they grow in the Nordic countries, Baltic
states and particularly in Poland. They occur across northern
Russia east towards the
Pacific Ocean as far south as Japan. Due to
peatland drainage and peat exploitation, they are considered
endangered and are under legal protection in Germany's
Elbe valleys, and at isolated sites in the English
Scottish Highlands. A single, fragile site exists in the Sperrin
Mountains of Northern Ireland.
In North America, cloudberries grow wild across Greenland, most of
northern Canada, Alaska, northern Minnesota, New Hampshire,
Wide distribution occurs due to the excretion of the indigestible
seeds by birds and mammals. Further distribution arises through its
rhizomes which are up to 10 m long and grow about 10–15 cm
below the soil surface, developing extensive and dense berry
patches. Cuttings of these taken in May or August are successful in
producing a genetic clone of the parent plant. The cloudberry grows
in bogs, marshes. wet meadows, tundra and altitudes of 1,400 metres
(4,600 ft) above sea level in Norway, requiring acidic ground
(between 3.5 and 5 pH).
Cloudberry leaves are food for caterpillars of several Lepidoptera
species. The moth
Coleophora thulea has no other known food plants.
See also List of
Lepidoptera that feed on Rubus.
Despite great demand as a delicacy (particularly in Sweden,
Finland) the cloudberry is not widely cultivated and is primarily a
wild plant. Wholesale prices vary widely based on the size of the
yearly harvest, but cloudberries have gone for as much as €10/kg (in
Since the middle of the 1990s, however, the species has formed part of
a multinational research project. The Norwegian government, in
cooperation with Finnish, Swedish and Scottish counterparts,[citation
needed] has vigorously pursued the aim of enabling commercial
production of various wild berries (
Norway imports 200 - 300 tonnes of
cloudberries per year from Finland). Beginning in 2002, selected
cultivars have been available to farmers, notably "Apolto" (male),
"Fjellgull" (female) and "Fjordgull" (female). The cloudberry can be
Arctic areas where few other crops are possible, for
example along the northern coast of Norway.
The ripe fruits are golden-yellow, soft and juicy, and are rich in
vitamin C. When eaten fresh, cloudberries have a distinctive tart
taste. When over-ripe, they have a creamy texture somewhat like yogurt
and a sweetened flavor. They are often made into jams, juices, tarts,
and liqueurs. In Finland, the berries are eaten with heated
"leipäjuusto" (a local cheese; the name translates to
"bread-cheese"), as well as cream and sugar. In Sweden, cloudberries
(sv. hjortron) and cloudberry jam are used as a topping for ice cream,
pancakes, and waffles. In Norway, they are often mixed with whipped
cream and sugar to be served as a dessert called "Multekrem"
(cloudberry cream), as a jam or as an ingredient in homemade ice
cream. Cloudberry yoghurt—molte-/multeyoughurt—is a supermarket
item in Norway.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, cloudberries are used to make
"bakeapple pie" or jam.
Arctic Yup'ik mix the berries with seal oil,
reindeer or caribou fat (which is diced and made fluffy with seal oil)
and sugar to make "
Eskimo ice cream" or Akutaq. The recipes vary by
region. Along the Yukon and
Kuskokwim River areas, white fish (pike)
along with shortening and sugar are used. The berries are an important
traditional food resource for the Yup'ik.
Due to its high vitamin C content, the berry is valued both by
Nordic seafarers and Northern indigenous peoples. Its polyphenol
content, including flavonoid compounds such as ellagic acid, appears
to naturally preserve food preparations of the berries.
Cloudberries can be preserved in their own juice without added sugar,
if stored cool.
In Nordic countries, traditional liqueurs such as Lakkalikööri
(Finland) are made of cloudberry, having a strong taste and high sugar
content. Cloudberry is used as a flavouring for making akvavit. In
northeastern Quebec, a cloudberry liqueur known as chicoutai
(aboriginal name) is made.
Nutrients and phytochemicals
Cloudberries are rich in vitamin C and ellagic acid, citric acid,
malic acid, α-tocopherol, anthocyanins and the provitamin A
carotenoid, β-carotene in contents which differ across regions of
Finland due to sunlight exposure, rainfall or temperature. The
ellagitannins lambertianin C and sanguiin H-6 are also present.
Genotype of cloudberry variants may also affect polyphenol
composition, particularly for ellagitannins, sanguiin H-6,
anthocyanins and quercetin.
Polyphenol extracts from cloudberries have improved storage properties
when microencapsulated using maltodextrin DE5-8. At least 14
volatile compounds, including vanillin, account for the aroma of
The cloudberry appears on the Finnish version of the 2 euro coin.
The name of the hill "Beinn nan Oighreag" in Breadalbane in the
Scottish Highlands means "Hill of the Cloudberries" in Scottish
Harvesting on public property
In some northern European countries such as Norway, a common use
policy to non-wood forest products allows anyone to pick cloudberries
on public property and eat them on location, but only local residents
may transport them from that location and only ripe berries may be
picked. Since 1970 in Norway, while it has been illegal to
pick unripe cloudberries, transporting ripe cloudberries from the
harvest location is permitted in many counties.
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