#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Scientists from the Trade and Services Institute (TSI) of the Siberian Federal University (SFU) studied berries and mushrooms growing in the Arctic zone of the Krasnoyarsk region and found that wild plants of the taiga northern forests and tundra are much superior to southern varieties in terms of vitamin C, beta-carotene, dietary fiber and minerals – selenium, iron and zinc.
“Cowberries, blueberries, cranberries, cloudberries, black and red currants, and bird cherry are of the greatest economic importance. The fruits of the Siberian mountain ash have a high nutritional and vitamin value, and of course, we should not forget about the mushrooms. All of the above is much more useful in the Arctic zone due to the higher content of useful substances than their ‘relatives’ who grew up in the south of the region”, said Galina Pervyshina, the ITiSU SibFU professor.
In addition, arctic wild plants are of exclusively natural origin and grow in ecologically clean areas. However, chains of collection, processing and sale of wild plants have not yet been built in the region. The SibFU will offer recommendations to simplify the way of the most useful berries and mushrooms to the tables of the region and other regions’ residents.
Earlier, SibFU scientists proposed marking the venison caught in Taimyr. The meat of the Taimyr venison turned out to be the richest in micro- and macroelements, and the Taimyr char is more useful than sea fish, now it is bred in captivity for mass production. We also said that the indigenous inhabitants of Taimyr attribute life-giving properties to lingonberries.
Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photos: Olga Polyanskaya and Nikolay Shchipko