Cloudberry

Rubus chamaemorus

Cloudberry

APPEARANCE

Cloudberry is a relative of the raspberry. It 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.

LIFE CYCLE

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.

ANIMAL USES

Moose graze on cloudberry twigs.

TRADITIONAL USES BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

The tasty berries are frozen and eaten throughout the winter. Inuit peoples make an ice cream-like dish by beating the frozen berries with seal oil and caribou tallow.

OTHER USES

Berries are eaten raw and are also made into commercial liqueurs in Canada and Finland.

STATUS

COSEWIC: Not at Risk
CDC: Yellow

MORE INFORMATION

www.chem.ucla.edu

Photo: Multerland