Cloudberry, from hearing its name the first thing that comes to mind is the cloud. You might be wondering if this little berry has something to with the cloud, but, it doesn’t.
A berry is normally a small seedless fruit that is being consumed whole, and there are many different types of berries in the world, some popular to us, some unbeknown, cloudberry is just one of those berries that is probably not so popular in many countries.
Cloudberry is a well known fruit in Russia and was served to Czar in ancient times, cloudberry is now considered as “precious as gold” in that part of the world. One of the rarest of all berries the cloud berry is similar to the raspberry but doesn’t grow in clusters and is still popular today in Scandinavian countries where it is also known for its medicinal properties. Cloudberry is pale red in colour but when it begins to ripen it have an amber color, very tasty a bit sweet sour taste and a pleasant aroma.
Cloudberry (Rubus Chamaemorus), its scientific name derives from the Greek word Chamai which means dwarf and morus meaning mulberry, it is also popularly known as baked appleberry and is grown wild in Finland, Canada and some states in the United States Of America in bogs. What makes it even more special is that unlike other berries that pollinates by itself, cloudberry have to be pollinated by a plant of the opposite sex. This little fruit also has countless health benefits and is packed with numerous vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
This nutritious berry is enriched with tannins, dietary fibre, pectin, sugar, protein, phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin A, vitamin B3, omega-3 fatty acids and many many more.
Cloudberry, because of its rich source of vitamin C is known to cure scurvy, strengthens the immune system and protects it from numerous infections, heals wounds, protects the vital organs like the heart, also protects the liver and kidneys from diseases, heals burns and other diseases of the skin, protects against different cancers like skin cancer, cease internal bleeding, prevents or treats anemia, kills intestinal parasites, nourishes the skin and hair, aids digestion, quenches thirst, beneficial for weight loss, the leaves can be used to make tea and is excellent for urinary tract infections and bladder disease. Cloudberry is used as toppings, in juices, breads and tarts.
This little fruit is so powerful, it will definitely be an excellent choice to be apart of your daily diet.