We’re visiting Markus’s parents right now. It’s been pretty cold and windy, but just being here makes it feel like a proper summer holiday. I love this place. 🙂

On Saturday Markus’s dad took us berry picking. It’s a good berry year this year and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. I plan on going hunting for blueberries myself when I get back home.
Saturday though, the target was cloudberries:

Imaginary Karin - cloudberries

I don’t know if you’ve heard of them before? Apparently cloudberries only grow in the northernmost parts of the world, like northern Europe, Russia and Canada. They look kinda like raspberries, but are bright orange and grow in marshes and similar wet areas. They are very rich in vitamin C and you can make a seriously delicious jam from them.

I like them very much, but they can be a pain in the ass to pick as they grow on wet ground. It can be unstable (and, you know, wet) to walk in and you will most likely be surrounded by a million mosquitoes. I could definitely feel it in my feet the day after, and the hat I wore still smell of mosquito repellent.

Imaginary Karin - cloudberries

Typical cloudberry bog

Imaginary Karin - cloudberries

Imaginary Karin - cloudberries

Markus’s mum cooked jam of the berries, so now I have a whole jar of cloudberry jam for the winter. Win! You can buy it from the store too, but it’s usually pretty pricey. In my opinion, it also tastes SO much better when you’ve picked the berries yourself. 🙂

And tomorrow we’re taking the train to Stockholm! Whee!