Cloudberry is a good source of vitamin C, dietary fibre and good fatty acids
Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) is a perennial grass which grows in swamps in the North. Cloudberry is the more valuable the more clean nature it grows in.
The fruit of cloudberry is particularly rich in vitamins C, A and E. Only 75 grams of these golden berries is enough to exceed the recommended daily intake. It also contains more dietary fiber than any other wild berry, 6,3 g/100 g. Cloudberry also contains ellagitannin which is known to significantly decrease the growth of microbes.
The fatty acid composition in the seed oil increases the value of cloudberry. The seeds of cloudberry are big and they contain plenty of seed oil. The seed oil is composed of linoleic acid, alpha linoleic acid and phytosterols. The fatty acids decrease cholesterol and support the functions of the brain.
The many uses of cloudberry
Cloudberry has an aromatic, sweet and sour taste and a beautiful golden color. Cloudberry is best to be enjoyed fresh. It can also be used to make jams, juices, marmalades, desserts and liqueurs. In Finland, cloudberry is traditionally eaten with bread cheese, or Finnish squeaky cheese, a fresh cheese made from cow's beestings. The leaves of cloudberry can also be used to brew herbal tea.
Cloudberries can be frozen for later usage. Like lingonberry, cloudberry contains benzoic acid so it can also be preserved mashed in its own juice in a cool place.
The cloudberry seed oil can also be used in cosmetics.