Berry paradise. Norrbotten, Sweden.
Summer is fully on and the country is a berry farm with self service. Lucky as I am, I found a few very good berry spots and I came home with three of the Swedish berry favourites.
Spending most of the week-end outside, I had to busy my brain to distract it from the buzzing of the mosquitos and so I came up with a very new way to establish the “value” for berries: the BPB-index (Bite Per Berry). With this, you get a very powerful tool to calculate your harvest.
Vaccinium myrtillus (Blåbär): A BPB of about 0.01-0.025 makes Vaccinium myrtillus to the hot deal amongst the Swedish berries. As they are very common and they grow in normal woodlands, the BPB is naturally low, even for people very appealing to tiny bloodsuckers.
Rubus arcticus (Åkerbär): With quite a low plucking BPB of about 0.1-0.3, Rubus arcitcus starts out as a real bargain. However, the berry is not so very common and the sole act of finding good spots raises the BPB to higher levels. As it prefers rather moist areas, an average of 0.5-0.6 is realistic.
Rubus chamaemorus (Hjortron): The so called gold of Lapland is - as its nickname indicates - very precious. With a BPB around 2.0-4.5, every single berry is a struggle (but worth it). If you ever wondered why the cloudberry jam (hjortron sylt) is so expensive to buy, now you know why.
Please note that the BPB depends on the quality of your blood, your mosquito repellent as well as the weather and can therefore be subject to changes.