Forests all over Norway are expected to yield a bumper berry crop this year, according to researchers at the state university specializing in environmental and agricultural matters at Ås, south of Oslo. The cloudberries (multer) that grow in marshes are unusually big this year, they claim, but may not last long.
A sudden spurt of hot, dry weather has led to early ripening and the cloudberries may dry up themselves, researchers said. Siv Fagertun Remberg of the Universitet for miljø- og biovitenskap told news bureau NTB that cloudberry fans in southeastern Norway should go picking in the next few days. The picking season comes later farther north.
The season for wild bringebær (raspberries) and blåbær (blueberries) is expected to last longer in southern Norway, since they’re better able to tolerate warm and dry weather.
Remberg attributed the bright outlook for the wild berry season to heavy rain and cool temperatures in the late spring and early summer. Temperatures then turned warm enough to enhance pollination.
Wild mushroom enthusiasts can also look forward to a good season this year, she told NTB. The season for kantarell and steinsopp will extend into October, she said.