Sweden is the land of the berries. That statement inevitably pops up in your head if you roam through the Scandinavian mountains in September.
Cloudberries, blueberries, lingonberries, raspberries, stone brambles, bilberries, bunchberries, they got them all, hundreds, or even thousands of them.
They are not all as tasty, though, but it seems impossible to walk a hundred meters without seeing the blueberries, the uncrowned king of the Scandinavian berrymania.
My personal favourite is once and for all the cloudberry, but unfortunately they have been impossible to find up till now. Unlike the bluebbery, they do not grow in these vast fields, yet more lonely in the bogs.
The good news for us: looking at plants is our most important job here during our ecological fieldwork in Abisko in the high north. And if that includes some berry-work, so be it… We cannot let these precious things go to waste, can we?