Even though Finland is considered the world leader in the development of functional or health-enhancing foods, it’s also a cradle for many naturally nutrition-rich food products. These products are often classified as ‘superfoods’.
The pièce de résistance regarding Finnish food products is the surprising fact that they are often completely free of charge and have grown in the wild. Everyman’s right in the country’s forests guarantees that you are allowed to pick almost anything your heart and mouth desires. The combination of everyman’s rights and naturally grown, nutritious food transforms activities such as hiking into delicious voyages of discovery. White summer nights ripen vegetables, fruits and berries making them uniquely tasty. Even though Finnish berries and fruits are smaller than average, they are packed with sweet flavours, healthy vitamins and flavonoids. Finns scour the vast forests for these delicious treasures, as well as the tasty mushrooms and fresh wild herbs.
In the rush and crush of modern life, the rarities are what we value most, such as space, quiet and time. The space to breathe, a time to dream… you can find these treasures in Finland, where the lakes are many and the people are few.
Raspberries are very sweet in Finland, especially during sunny summers. The berries are a great source of many vitamins and dietary minerals.
Dreamland of Mushroom Pickers
Finland is a heaven on earth for mushroom pickers as the variety is extremely wide. The Finnish mushroom season extends roughly from early-May to late-November. Most of the best edible mushrooms are collected from late-summer to early-autumn.
Mushrooms are rich in vital minerals, proteins, vitamins and fibre. They can contain as much or even more minerals than vegetables.
Blueberry is often raised to the noble group of ‘superfoods’ and with good reason. Blueberry holds fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6, antioxidants, vitamins A, B and C, as well as flavonoids. Blueberries can be found all over the country.
Lingonberry is traditionally served with reindeer and cabbage dishes. As it is bursting with natural preservatives and pectin, the berries are easy to store. Lingonberry is a good source of vitamin E.
Lapland’s Golden Berry
Cloudberry, the gold of Lapland’s forests, must be the most exotic berry for foreigners. Its sweet and refined taste makes it a perfect match for cheese. Cloudberry is bursting with vitamin C.
In a country where people move en masse to the countryside in the summer and where forest coverage is 75%, it's no wonder ecological tourism has taken off so rapidly and steadily. Old farms are opening their doors to visitors from all over the world and their organic food can be gobbled or just nibbled while watching sheep pasturing in a green meadow.