Cloudberry is a relative of the raspberry that has toothed leaves, white flowers in June/July and yellow-orange berries that ripen in August/September.
RANGE & HABITAT
You can find cloudberries in Canada Scandinavia, Greenland, Russia and the US. Often found near bogs, lakes or marshes, cloudberries can grow in both wet and dry conditions.
Cloudberries spread especially well underground, sending out rhizomes 10 centimetres below the surface that sprout into new plants about a metre away. They also produce seeds that can be carried off to colonize new areas, but this is less common.
Moose graze on cloudberry twigs.
TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES
Indigenous people harvested the tasty berries and froze them to eat throughout the winter. The Inuit even made an ice cream-like dish by beating the frozen berries with seal oil and caribou tallow!
Berries are eaten raw and are also made into commercial liqueurs in Canada and Finland.
COSEWIC: Not at Risk