Cowberry carpets spread in Norilsk tundra

Cowberry carpets spread in Norilsk tundra

August 31, 2023

There are a lot of cloudberries, currants, shiksha and mushrooms.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Harvesting valuable northern wild plants is a special time for the Norilsk people. The tundra blooms with bright colors in autumn – you can see red splashes of currants and lingonberries, gold cloudberries, blue-black crowberry (shiksha) with leaves that look like needles.

The well-known Norilsk photographer and tundra connoisseur Olga Alexandrova shared impressive pictures of the new harvest.

“I went down from the mountains and was stunned by the abundance of berries and mushrooms in the tundra. Cowberries are already spreading like a carpet. I have no doubt that we will have buckets of it”, the Norilsk woman writes.

Cowberries, like all northern berries, contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The berry goes well with meat dishes, is ideal in pastries and desserts, goes well with cheese and is suitable as an ingredient in salads.

Olga Alexandrova said that this year it is possible to harvest a rich harvest of cloudberries, red currants and shiksha. She also saw blueberries, but a large accumulation of the berries can only be found in local areas, for example, near Dudinka and on the banks of the Yenisey. Experts say that northern berries are a real natural gift. They can be added to fermented milk products, cereals, salads, smoothies.

Previously, scientists found that the Taimyr wild plants are much more useful than their southern ‘brothers’. Northerners shared pictures of flowering thyme, taiga rose and lush Norilsk meadows. The best pictures about the summer in Taimyr will be included in the 2024 calendar.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Olga Alexandrova

August 31, 2023

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