Good and Healthy Local Food by Berry Collecting and Mushroom Picking
In Utsjoki, we collect cloudberries (”hilla”), crowberries, blackberries, lingonberries and cranberries. The crop season of the berries starts from July and ends during the first snow. It is recommended that cranberry should be picked after the first frosty nights, as the frost takes away the bite from the cranberries.
A beloved child has many names, as the saying goes, and hence the cloudberry called Lappish gold also has a few other names in Finnish (“lakka”, “suomuurain”). The cloudberry is the best know berry of Lapland and for good reason, as the taste of a cloudberry fondles the taste buds. It is quite troublesome to pick cloudberries which increases the value of the berry even more. You probably remember that good cloudberry spots are comparable to state secrets.
“Mushrooms are the food of reindeer” – Have you seen a smashed-up mushroom in the nature? Did you know that this mushroom, too, is likely to be the result of reindeer: mushrooms are important food to the reindeer in the autumn. In the north, finding Matsutake is more likely than in the south.
Particularly berries are often used in local foods. Would you like Finnish squeaky cheese with fresh berries or a succulent blueberry pie?