Cloudberry

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Wild Norwegian cloudberry

Cloudberry, bakeapple (rubus chamaemorus), is a rhizomatous herb native to alpine and arctic tundra and boreal forest, producing amber-coloured edible fruit similar to the raspberry or blackberry. Unlike most Rubus species, the cloudberry is dioecious, and fruit production by a female plant requires pollination from a male plant.

The cloudberry grows to 10-25 cm 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 berries. Encapsulating between 5 and 25 drupelets, each fruit is initially pale red, ripening into an amber colour in early autumn.

The ripe fruits are golden-yellow, soft and juicy, and are rich in vitamin C. When eaten fresh, cloudberries have a distinctive tart taste.

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