The golden berry – Molte

I found a handful of these berries today, the Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus). That is, I found a handful that was ripe, and thousands that was not quite ready. Within a few days now the Norwegian mountains will swarm with people. They go there to pick what we call “the gold of the mountains”. Many foreigners who taste this don’t always like it that much. For us it is very valuable. It is a delicacy that people eat for dessert on Christmas Eve, or at other occasions or parties. In earlier days this was an important source of vitamin c, since there isn’t much fruit and vegetables that grows this far north. If you cross the Arctic cirkcle it is only the locals that can harvest the cloudberries. We call it molte. It is red when it is almost ripe, then it turns golden.
There are more photos of the wild edible berries in Scandinavia in my photo gallery.

My dog looks as if he his also looking for berries, but he was more interested to smell who had been there before, and it was probably a hare.

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75 thoughts on “The golden berry – Molte

  1. I love berries of any kind! I wish you could share.
    But thanks for the pictures. The berries look so pretty and delish :-)

    • They look very appetizing when not ripe, but they are too hard to eat. Some stay a bit red when they just ripen, but we are looking for the golden ones, Cypermum. Taste? Difficult to say; juicy apricot maybe..

    • No not sour at all, just sweet with a touch of apricot and honey maybe. Or rather they taste like nothing else. But there are a lot of small stones inside, who some don’t like..

    • Then you have to go to the mountain area in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Russia, Canada or Alaska. There is also supposed to be a small population on Long Island, New York, according to Wikipedia.

  2. Looks very tasty indeed. I love berries in our Australian summer. Blueberries are my favourite, although raspberries, blackberries & strawberries are nice too. Sometimes they’re nicer when they’re very tart.

    • Blueberries are my favorite too, that is the wild berries we call blueberries in norwegian, I think it is billberries in english. And wild raspberries, strawberries and cowberries (which you probably don’t know), then comes all the gardened berries. Lovely season here just now, Victoria.

    • Blackberries we haven’t got, but we have strawberries, both wild and in the garden. The wild berries actually have more vitamins than grown berries, and the taste is stronger too. I like all of them, it is valuable food and dessert, Zeebra.

    • Ha, ha, ha, Suzanne. But I am not sure if I should rather train him to find the golden chanterelle. I have heard dogs can be trained to find this mushroom. The colour is the same as these berries, but the dogs search be the nose and the smell is different. So it can’t be both…

    • Lucky you. I am waiting for our raspberries to ripen, they are late this year, but those in my garden, and the wild superrtasty raspberries just outside my garden. The sniffing dog is probably into something else, Starlaschat.

    • Pretty berries that touch our hearts when we see them. I am jused to harvesting them since childhood and also learned to value the mountain trip searching for them. They are always very good hikes, but bending down a lot..

  3. Mmmm deilig molte ; ) Var på fjellet forrige helg, fant ikke en kart en gang -har vel regnet bort den å!
    Nydelige bilder! Artig bilde av hunden -funnet duften av molta den å! ; )

    Ønsker deg ei fin ny uke! : )

  4. By the way Bente, speaking of hunting dogs, I think you might like the photographs you can see when you click the link at the bottom of this posting of mine. You can even see my handsome Diesel and me in IMG_0125.JPG, resting after performing all our hunting tests.

    • At last I was able to find the photos, I tried some times, Cybermum. It seems like a very good apporting dog. Mine is very good too, but we need to start training in the water, never tried that.

    • That’s another way to use them, rather than make jam, cake or eat them with cream. Made my own liqueur once, that was better than the one you buy. Mine was stronger in alcohol and with less sugar… ;)

  5. Wow! Great post and definitely, photographs ! Unbelievable what this planets holds in every inch! Grandiose ! ~Thank you friend ~ Deborah

    • There are many Rubus plants and I don’t know the dewberries. The fruits also look a bit differnt, but the flower is more similar. Personally I know only raspberries and Rubus saxatilis (which we don’t normally eat) in addition to the clodberries, but other parts of Norway have Rubus arcticus which they say taste very good too.
      You know some people around here can pick 100 kilos or more of cloadberries during the season (1-3 weeks).

  6. Very interesting. It looks somewhat between wild strawberry and raspberry.
    It must be unique to the northern land, but not in northern Japan.
    Three photos giving all the necessary information and its details !

    • It is related to raspberries, Yoshizen (and roses), and yes they can only be found int the northern hemispere. According to Wikipedia it can be found but rarely in the moorlands of Britain and Ireland.

    • Yes, someone else looks like he likes berries too, but I guess he prefer a bird, Sandy. His favorite birds graze in the mountains were these berries grow, but usually on drier grounds.

    • Picking them is actually even greater than eating them, even if they are very good. Can’t explain why, but I love going to the mountains for a day, walking miles and miles and looking for something that looks like gold…

    • They are supposed to grow in Canada but maybe not in the same abundance as in Scandinavia. But it varies here too. Some years very much, the next year killed by frost when blooming since most grow in quite high mountains.I love finding just a few when walking around, to put in my mouth. If there are many I get crazy if I didn’t bring something to put them in..

  7. My father brought back a bottle of Lakka after a trip there, which I still have because it has a pretty picture of the cloudberry on it with its botanical Latin name next to it. Your pictures are much, much prettier–thank you for sharing!

  8. Det är verkligen guld, de goda hjortronen! Det finns på enstaka ställen även här, bl a hos mina föräldrar. En väninna var uppe i Harstad/Sortland-takten o skulle plocka, kom hem till Sverige igen igår. Tyvärr var de inte mogna där heller. Det är fest när det serveras hjortron, till våfflor, elelr blandat med vispgrädde… Jag tar det t o m på en rostad smörgås när jag blir extra sugen. Har en vänlig norrman som i vänlighet ger mig en burk då coh då :-) Lycka! Ja, hjortron är guld och smakar lycka. <3
    Kram och allt gott till dej!

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