Cloudberry - the kind of perennial plant of the family Pink. Externally berries like raspberries. Another long known about the medicinal properties of cloudberry and fed it to the king's table. It was during this course of time it began to be called the royal berry.
Cloudberry collected in itself almost all the valuable vitamins: A, E, B, and C, optionally also the body needs minerals: iron, potassium, copper. Berries contain sugar, protein and fiber. Vitamin C in the berries 100 grams more than four times that of an orange. Cloudberry helps boost immunity, participating in the restoration of the body after illness.
Also, the berry is very good for colds: removes heat and reduces the temperature, relieves headache cures throat. It protects against cancer. It has an effective action in diseases of the genitourinary system, regulates the activity of the heart and blood vessels.
Where and when to collect cloudberry?
Collect the following at the end of July. To find possible in the swamp forests and peat bogs. He loves ledum forests, sometimes found in the moss and soil in areas of heavy bushes. Collect difficult: low bush plants, and on each of them grows only one berry. So be prepared for the fact that you have to squat. Collect soft to the touch, yellow berries - cloudberries when overripe, it is very difficult to collect and drop off at home.
Keep fruits and it is not necessary, therefore, immediately after harvest is necessary to process them: freeze, to dry or cook the jam. Drying is carried out in a well-ventilated area (street, attic, balcony). Make sure that the sun's rays do not fall on the berry. Also in an oven dried, but at low temperatures (50 degrees) and with the door open.
Recipe cloudberry jam
To make jam, take 1 kg of berries, the same amount of sugar and half a glass of water. Berries to loop, wash with cold water and let it drain. In boiling water dissolve the sugar to make a syrup. Then there vsypte berries, cook about half an hour. Next, wipe the mixture through a sieve to get rid of stones. Continue cooking (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from heat, pour into banks. Jam is ready.
Another popular recipe before - soaked cloudberry. Wash berries in cold water, then pass through a sieve to get rid of excess water. Pour the berries into jars and cover with cold boiled water. Keep refrigerated.