Arctic berries – an important source of vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids. Berries contain antioxidants having oxygen radical absorbance capacity – ORAC – that is highest among the fruits. Most representative Artic berries are Blueberry, Cloudberry and Raspberry.
Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus)
Cloudberry is a herb native to alpine and arctic regions. The golden-yellow edible fruit is similar to the raspberry or blackberry in form. Cloudberries, growing in the wild, are highly valued and a favourite wild fruit of the Arctic region. Cloudberries are soft, juicy and about the size of raspberries. Cloudberries begin ripening in the end of July or early August and are picked by hand. They are initially pale red before ripening to an amber colour.
Cloudberries grow naturally in bogs across arctic and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere mainly in mountainous areas but can also be found along the sides of new forest ditches and forest roads. The undrained wetlands produce the highest yield. They grow in the all Nordic countries, especially in Finland and much of the Baltic states also across northern Russia and Siberia. In North America cloudberries are native to Canada and Alaska. The plant is well-suited for Arctic regions, because it can withstand temperatures as low as -40 °C.
Cloudberry is a balanced source of important compounds, which are essential for skin care and have multiple beneficial effects. Active ingredients extracted from cloudberries offer bioactive properties: protection against the effects of stress, environmental pollution and UV radiation.
Carotenoids, phytosterols and vitamin E fight the ageing process of the skin. High C-vitamin and benzoic acid content supports the preservation of the cosmetic product. Seed oil is also used in the production of cosmetics.
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