Cloudberries

Reach Down and Taste the Clouds

Appears in

Kitchen of Light: New Scandinavian Cooking

Kitchen of Light

By Andreas Viestad

Published 2003

Cloudberries grow in the Arctic and sub-Arctic areas of the Nordic countries and North America. The berries have a deep red color when nearly fully ripe, then change to golden with a tinge of orange when ripe. Their shape resembles a raspberry, but their flavor is more like deep caramel or baked apples than that of any other berry (the cloudberry variety that grows in Canada and Alaska is often referred to as “baked apple berry”)—and, surprisingly, it is not sweet. The long days and cool weather in the highlands give the aromas time to develop, but there is not enough warmth for the berries to produce sugars.