I have been picking cowberries, my favorite wild berry. It doesn’t taste nice just from the bush like billberries, cloadberries or raspberries. But mixed with sugar, about 500-700 gram to a kilo, it makes my favorite jam.
The season is more or less over for most wild berries. There have been nights below zero, but the cowberry can stand a bit of frost. On the 25th the moose hunting started. Everybody is free to go to the woods for picking berries anytime, but I prefer not to these days since there are hunters more or less everywere. Luckily I had already picked berries, and it is not much work to make the jam.
The older generations used to boil most of the cowberries with sugar, and they ate most of this jam with the typical norwegian meatballs (kjøttkaker) or with roasted meat. Myself I only make raw jam, and I use most of it with wholemeal bread. We calle it stirred cowberries, rørte tyttebær. No additives are needed, because these berries are full of natural conservation. I freeze most of it to keep it fresh, and by now I have a lot. But if the weather will stay ok, and the hunters start to relaxe, I don’t mind going to the woods again. There are more pictures in my wild berries photo gallery, and also a few in my food photo gallery.