Wild berries are a real pride for the Finnish people. Bilberries, cranberries, lingonberries, sea-buckthorn, cloudberries and blackcurrants are among the most well-known - and also the most delicious and nutritious - berries in Finland, highly valued for their health effects.
Wild berries grow under the midnight sun in clean nature during the summer and autumn months, until the arrival of the first snow. The cold winter and light but short summer of the North provides a unique habitat for the berries, making them extremely dense in nutrition and intense in flavor compared to their bigger cousins, cultivated berries. Wild berries are rich in vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and fatty acids. Wild berries are an essential part of the Nordic culture and diet and we have long traditions of picking and preserving them, from jams and juices to dried berries and berry powders.
Berry picking and preserving are rooted in the Finnish lifestyle
What people often find surprising is that in Finland, anyone can go to the forest and find plenty of pure wild berries for free. The concept of everyman’s right ensures that anyone can roam freely in nature and enjoy nature’s gifts such as berries and mushrooms regardless of who owns the land. And the Finnish forests have plenty to offer: even during a poorer year, 100 kilos or twenty buckets of berries can be found in the forests per each Finn.
Picking wild berries has long traditions in Finland. The hunting of the healthy little treats appeals to the nature-loving Finns’ desire to live off the land and the appreciation of simple yet healthy food. Despite urbanization, the popularity of berry picking has even increased within the past few years. Even younger people have adopted berry picking and preserving as their hobby as the result of the increasing interest in a more health-conscious way of living. Despite the active hunting of berries, it has been estimated that only 3-10 % of all blueberries and lingonberries are collected. Luckily a part of this is preserved and brought for sale for everyone regardless of their location.
Berry picking is a popular hobby for the young and the old in Finland.
Why you should also be eating Finnish berries
Berries are not only delicious, but the nutrients they contain also nurture our bodies and minds. Berries are always beneficial for your health, but Finnish wild berries are in a league of their own when it comes to nutrient content and health benefits. In Finland, berries go through an intensive growing period during the short yet light summers which makes them grow exceptionally rich in nutrients. So, if you decide to include berries in your diet, it’s best to choose berries grown in the North.
Wild berries contain plenty of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber which help to improve the immune system, prevent cell damage and boost energy levels. Wild berries also contain a lot of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are good for the heart and the brain. Research has shown that eating berries on a regular basis is good for the skin, the heart, blood pressure and digestion and helps to manage diabetes and prevent cancer. The most well-known Finnish berries have their unique benefits:
- Bilberries: Bilberries are full of anthocyanin, a flavonoid with a powerful antioxidant effect. Antioxidants are known for their anti-aging effect as they help to protect cells from damage caused by sun exposure, pollution and aging. Therefore the flavonoids of bilberries help to keep skin looking young and healthy.
- Cranberries: The red and bitter cranberry grows in bogs, swamps and shores. Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber.
- Lingonberries: Lingonberry is a sour superberry which grows in the light and dry heath forests. Lingonberry contains vitamin E and plenty of magnesium and is also a good source of fiber.
- Sea-buckthorn: Sea-buckthorn is rich in vitamins C and E, fiber and useful fatty acids (omega-3, -6, -7, and -9). Less than one deciliter of sea-buckthorn has as much vitamin C as a mid-size orange.
- Cloudberry: Cloudberry is the most expensive and valued wild berry in Finland. Cloudberry is rich in vitamin C and it also contains more vitamin E and ellagitannin than many fruits and grains. Cloudberry is the richest of all wild berries in dietary fiber (6,3 g/100 g).
- Blackcurrants: The berries, seed oil and the leaves of blackcurrant are rich in vitamins C, E and A. The oil of blackcurrant also contains plenty of good fatty acids such as stearidonic acid (SDA) and gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA).
Berry powders are made from organic dried berries
Since the season for enjoying fresh berries in nature is quite short in Finland, we utilize various ways to store our berries to be able to enjoy their beneficial effects any time of the year. One of these ways is berry powders.
Berry powders are made from whole dried berries. The berries are dried in low temperatures below 40 degrees celsius so that the natural colors, flavors and nutrients of the berries are preserved as well as possible. Berry powders contain the same amount of nutrients as fresh berries but in a convenient and long-lasting dried form and they don’t go off like fresh berries. Therefore you can also enjoy all the wonderful benefits of the Finnish berries anytime of the year, no matter how far away from our Northern forests you live!
Berry powders are packed with nutrients: one tablespoon of high-quality 100 % berry powder is equal to about 1 dl of fresh berries. Berry powders are safe for even the smallest members of the family to consume.
How to use berry powders
Berry powders are an easy way to add more vitamins and minerals to meals and they can be mixed with hot or cold foods. 1-2 tablespoons of berry powder gives the nutritional value of smoothies, porridge, muesli or yogurt an extra boost. Berry powders can also be used in baking to give extra flavor, texture and mouthfeel, and due to their beautiful and deep color, they are perfect for decorating desserts.
Bilberry powder has a beautiful purple color which makes it perfect for adding the finishing touch to desserts.
Berry powders preserve well when they are kept tightly sealed. Therefore it’s good to keep the powder in their original package and to close it properly after each use. If the bag is not closed properly and the powder gets into contact with oxygen, the flavonoids in the powder may be destroyed. Berry powders are best to be stored in a dry place at room temperature.
The Arctic Pure berry powders – nutrient-rich and pure berry powders
A few years ago we at Arctic Pure launched our own product line of supplements, all made in Finland with the purest ingredients. Our product line was recently expanded with our very own berry powders made from the best ingredients our pure Arctic nature offers.
The berries used in our berry powders come from Northern Finland where the Midnight Sun shines brightly throughout the summer. Our berry powders are made from dried berries which preserves the flavors and nutrients of the berries as well as possible. Our berry powders are made from 100 % berries and they are free from any additives or added sugar.
The Arctic Pure selection includes the following berry powders:
- Blueberry powder
- Sea-buckthorn powder
- Cloudberry powder
- Lingonberry powder
- Cranberry powder
- Spruce sprout powder
- Nettle powder
The Arctic Pure berry powders are high quality, tasty and affordable – try for yourself and find your favorite!
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