Sweet, tart and bright orange, cloudberries are a raspberry-like fruit that is native to the Arctic and subarctic regions of the world. Other common names for the berry include bakeapple, knotberry, and low-bush salmonberry (which is different from a true salmonberry). Since they are not grown commercially and must be hand-picked in the mountains where they naturally grow, cloudberries are difficult to get. You shouldn’t wash fresh cloudberries, as this will likely cause them to disintegrate.
When ripe, the berries look like puffy orange/amber clouds that are about the same size as a raspberry, and color is the best way to determine ripeness (unripe cloudberries are red). They come from the rose family, so they are related pretty closely to strawberries, apples, raspberries and cherries. Ripe cloudberries have a flavor reminiscent of apple, with a sweet and sour nature, and are often made into juices, jams and liqueurs.
Cloudberries are actually known as the most popular berry of Norway, and are a popular ingredient for desserts and pancake or waffle toppings, in several Nordic countries.
Cloudberries are extremely rich in Vitamin C, and contain a few nutritious acids: citric, malic and ellagic. The berries also have protein, Vitamin A, three B Vitamins, phosphorus and iron. The high vitamin content makes them great immunity boosters! These berries act as an excellent antioxidant, diuretic (for detoxification), and cholesterol balancer. Cloudberry leaves can also be made into a tea that is effective at treating urinary tract infections. Since they’re packed with iron and fiber, cloudberries can help improve circulation and digestion. The berries have some notable benefits to health:
- Aids in digestion and prevents constipation and bloating
- Reduces the risk of anemia
- Improves oral health (teeth and gums)
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Aids in osteoporosis prevention
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces the risk of some cancers
- Strengthens the immune system