We try Norway’s Cloudberry

We try Norway's Cloudberry

To get to know a little more about the culture of the northern region of Norway, we took a day to dedicate ourselves to explore the local cuisine. Our first destination of the day was Aursundgris, a farm in Aursundveien, less than half an hour away from Røros. They are specialized mainly in fishing and pig breeding. Therefore, everything from these two animals ends up being super fresh.
As this part of the country has a very cold winter, many plants, tubers and roots do not develop. When they grow, it takes months to reach the point of harvest. For this reason, their food is based on meat and other animal products. Being vegetarian for them is a very strange thing precisely because the people who live in this region cannot imagine a diet based only on fruits and vegetables.
One of the most interesting things about this farm is that the fish are all free and eat what comes from nature, without food or anything like that. This makes the meat of the animal as natural as possible. THE trout, which is one of the most common fish there, even has a different color, very similar to that of a salmon. In addition, anyone can fish – just pay NOK 15!
We try Norway's Cloudberry
Following the path we went to Glåmos, a mountain village still in the municipality of Røros. Our stop over there was the Kalsa Gårdsbakeri, bakery located on a farm in that area. We tried a super yummy sweet roll made with very basic ingredients. It looks like a crepe, based on flour, milk, sour cream, a pinch of salt and baking powder. After roasting, they butter the sugar over the dough and roll it up.
Another type of traditional “pancake” that we experience is called pjalt. The ingredients in the dough are basically egg, salt, milk, a type of sugar syrup, flour and yeast. The play dough is served with local cheese and has that taste of very homemade food, you know?
We try Norway's Cloudberry
Another very different surprise of the day were the cloudberries. This berry is a very rare species that grows in very specific environments. Some farmers have even tried to plant fruit, but they did not grow. The fruit has an orange tone and her harvest is very delicate.
It must be picked up one by one and you need to know where they grow. Be sure to ask the locals for help if you want to harvest your own fruit. As we didn’t have much time, we tried the cloudberry already harvested in Vauldalen Fjellhotel. Paulo found the taste very tasty, but I felt a fermented fundinho at the end that I didn’t like so much.
We try Norway's Cloudberry
This same hotel also has a restaurant located in the middle of the forest, so we could not miss it. We had a very different experience because the hut had no electricity whatsoever. The lighting came from the candles and the food was all cooked. Everything tasted very special and we were able to get an idea of ​​what real local cuisine is like.

Before returning to the hotel, we took a tour of an old copper mine in the region called Ølaf. It has been active for approximately 200 years and is currently used for tourists to explore the cave and understand the history of this entire area of ​​Norway. It is a type of super authentic and peculiar tourism.
As always, we share all of that and more with you on our YouTube channel. I’ll leave the video below for you to watch 😉

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